...AIR QUALITY ALERT IN EFFECT FROM 12 PM CDT SUNDAY THROUGH 8 PM
* WHAT...The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued an Air
Quality Alert for ozone pollution. The Air Quality Index (AQI)
is expected to reach the Orange or Unhealthy for Sensitive
* WHERE...Portions of central and southern Minnesota.
* WHEN...From 12 PM CDT Sunday through 8 PM CDT Monday.
* IMPACTS...Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including
asthma), heart disease, children and older adults, and people
who are active outdoors, may experience health effects.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Ground-level ozone is expected to be high during
the afternoon hours on Sunday and Monday, and air quality is
expected to reach the Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups)
AQI category across central Minnesota. Sunny skies, warm
temperatures, and low humidity will create an environment
favorable for two types of pollutants (Volatile Organic
Compounds and Nitrogen Oxides) to react in the air to produce
ground-level ozone. Ozone will be highest during the afternoon
and early evening hours when sunshine is most abundant, and
temperatures are highest. Air quality is expected to reach the
Orange AQI category. This is considered unhealthy for sensitive
groups. Ozone levels will be low during the overnight and
morning. Air quality will improve on Tuesday, when a weather
system will move across the state and bring increased moisture,
clouds, and scattered thunderstorms to eastern Minnesota.
Sensitive groups, such as people with lung disease (including
asthma), heart disease, children and older adults, and people who
are active outdoors, should limit prolonged or heavy outdoor
Reduce or eliminate activities that contribute to air pollution,
such as outdoor burning, and use of residential wood burning
devices. Reduce vehicle trips and vehicle idling as much as
For information on current air quality conditions in your area;
and to sign up for daily air quality forecasts and alert;
notifications by email, text message, phone, or the EPA AirNow;
mobile app, visit https://www.pca.state.mn.us/air-water-land-;
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...ELEVATED FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS TODAY...
Dry conditions will lead to elevated fire weather conditions
today. Relative humidity values of 15 to 25 percent combined with
winds of 10 to 20 mph will favor fires that could start easily
and spread quickly. Check local restrictions before burning.
For more information on burning restrictions for Minnesota, see
For more information on burning restrictions for Wisconsin, see