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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

August 24, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Wed
08/24/2016
Thu
08/25/2016
Fri
08/26/2016
Sat
08/27/2016
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Ozone
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Good Good
El Paso Good Good Ozone Ozone
Houston Good Good Good Good
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Good Good Ozone
Tyler-Longview Good Good Good Good
Victoria Good Good Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Good

 

Discussion

Wednesday 08/24/2016
Lingering patchy African dust should continue but decrease over deep South Texas, though the daily PM2.5 AQI could reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area. Light but decreasing amounts of patchy African dust will continue over much of the eastern two-thirds of the state and may elevate fine particulate levels at times over this area, but dust levels are not expected to be high enough to raise the overall daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range.

Otherwise in all but deep South Texas, moderate winds and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Thursday 08/25/2016
Light amounts of patchy African dust may linger over parts of the eastern two-thirds of the state and could raise fine particulate levels at times, but concentrations are not expected to be high enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range overall.

Otherwise, moderate winds, increasing cloud cover, and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

Friday 08/26/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light but diminishing amounts of patchy African dust may linger over parts of the eastern two-thirds of the state and could raise fine particulate levels at times, but concentrations are not expected to be high enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI beyond the "Good" range overall.

Otherwise all but far West Texas, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover, and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Saturday 08/27/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the El Paso area. Additionally, if there is enough afternoon sunshine, light winds and increasing incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur and San Antonio areas. In all cases, the highest concentrations will occur in the afternoon and early evening.

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

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This forecast was last updated at 8:45 am on Wednesday, August 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.