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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

The latest forecast for air quality conditions in Texas' metropolitan areas.

June 23, 2017

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
06/23/2017
Sat
06/24/2017
Sun
06/25/2017
Mon
06/26/2017
Austin PM2.5 Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
El Paso Ozone PM2.5/PM10 Ozone Ozone
Houston Ozone PM2.5 Good Ozone
Laredo PM2.5 Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 Good Good
San Antonio Ozone/PM2.5 Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Ozone
Victoria Good Good Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Ozone

An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.

Discussion

Friday 06/23/2017
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher on the north and northwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and "Moderate" in the El Paso, Houston, and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated fine particulate matter background levels associated with very light amounts of patchy African dust wrapping around the circulation of Tropical Storm Cindy may continue in deep South Texas and spread inland to the northwest, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the very low end of the "Moderate" range in isolated parts of the Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, and San Antonio areas. Additionally, patchy smoke from ongoing fires in the southwestern United States may impact primarily parts of the northern Texas Panhandle, including the Amarillo area, enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range overall as well.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate to strong winds, heavy cloud, and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 06/24/2017
If there is enough afternoon sunshine, winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" levels in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Suspended blowing dust transported along the leading edge of an advancing front could possibly raise the daily PM2.5 and/or PM10 AQI into the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of West Texas, including the El Paso and Midland-Odessa areas. Additionally, winds may be light enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Houston area as well, though intermittent precipitation should result in locally reduced fine particulate matter levels at times.

Moderate winds, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

Sunday 06/25/2017 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in the Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Monday 06/26/2017 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy" in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the El Paso and Waco-Killeen areas; and "Moderate" in the Tyler-Longview area and, if there is enough afternoon sunshine, in the Houston area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover with lingering precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Tuesday 06/27/2017 Extended Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the El Paso area; and "Moderate" in the Austin, Houston, Tyler-Longview, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated fine particulate matter background levels associated with incoming continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on may also be enough for the daily PM2.5 AQI to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover, and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

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This forecast was last updated at 1:10 pm on Saturday, June 24th, and is updated daily on normal TCEQ work days and may also be updated on weekends or holidays when air pollution levels are high. Regardless of our forecast, we always recommend that each individual determine what level of activity they should conduct based on the actual local conditions. See the "Related Current Data" links above to monitor the latest actual conditions.