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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

July 31, 2015

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
07/31/15
Sat
08/01/15
Sun
08/02/15
Mon
08/03/15
Austin Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Beaumont-Port Arthur Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 Good Good PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5 Ozone Ozone PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
El Paso Good Good Ozone Ozone
Houston Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Laredo PM2.5 Good Good PM2.5
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Tyler-Longview Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Victoria Good Ozone Ozone Good
Waco-Killeen Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone

 

Discussion

Friday 07/31/15
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the southeast, south, and southwest side of the Houston area; "Moderate" or possibly higher on the west and southwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and on the north and northwest side of the San Antonio area; and "Moderate" in the Austin, Waco-Killeen, Tyler-Longview, and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Continental haze should continue in East and Southeast Texas and spread into parts of Central and North Central Texas and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range in the Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas. Lingering African dust may help to keep the daily PM2.5 AQI in the "Moderate" range over much of South Texas. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 08/01/15
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the south and southwest side of the Houston area and on the west and northwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the San Antonio, Austin, and Corpus Christi areas; and "Moderate" in the Waco-Killeen, Tyler-Longview, Beaumont-Port Arthur, and Victoria areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Patchy continental haze should cover much of East, North Central, and Central Texas, as well as the Coastal Bend area and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over portions of this area. Elsewhere in the remainder of South and West Texas, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Sunday 08/02/15 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" or possibly higher in the Houston area; "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the San Antonio and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, Tyler-Longview, and Corpus Christi areas; and "Moderate" in the Waco-Killeen, Victoria, and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Continental haze should continue over much of East, North Central, and Central Texas and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over portions of this area. African dust may begin moving back into South Texas in the afternoon or evening but the duration may and intensity may not be enough to raise PM2.5 levels beyond the "Good" range. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Monday 08/03/15 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone levels to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" or possibly higher in the Houston area; "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Dallas-Fort Worth area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Beaumont-Port Arthur areas; and "Moderate" in the Austin, Waco-Killeen, and El Paso areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening. Continental haze may continue over much of North Central, and East Texas and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI into the "Moderate" range over portions of this area. African dust should cover most of South Texas and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to "Moderate" levels in most of this area. Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Tuesday 08/04/15 Extended Outlook
African dust should spread across most of the state along and east of a line from Big Bend to Odessa to Lubbock to Childress and could raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to "Moderate" levels in much of this area. Elsewhere in the northern Panhandle and far West Texas, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

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This forecast was last updated at 1:30 pm on Sunday, August 2nd, 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.