If you are a high risk individual, you may want to limit your time outside Thursday. Charlotte, and much of North Carolina, is currently under an air quality alert.
A code orange air quality alert is in effect for most of North Carolina due to smoke and haze in the atmosphere. The smoke and haze is a side effect of the wildfires that are burning in Canada, and the western part of the country.
The haze is expected to hang around for a day of two, so if you have any respiratory issues, experts are cautioning to limit your time outdoors, especially in the afternoon hours. Honestly, with the temperatures being up in the 90s, my plan was already to stay inside.
As a result of the air quality, you can also expect sunrises and sunsets to have more of a fiery look to them with lower visibility across the horizon in general.
Just take a look at this photo for a visual representation:
How are wildfires in the Western US and Canada affecting us here in NC? Smoke is filtering into the region, causing significant decreases in air quality. These photos, taken at the same location, show how prolific the issue really is (left Mar 2021, right yesterday) #NCwx pic.twitter.com/CU2LTTpmFK— Evan Fisher (@EFisherWX) July 21, 2021
It is so sad to see the destruction of the wildfires.
Stay safe out there!