Air Quality Forecast
Current and expected air quality concentrations for the upcoming 24 hours. Air quality forecasts are scheduled to be updated by 3:00 pm weekdays and other times as necessary. Forecasts are also available on the Bureau's Air Quality Hotline at (800) 223-1196.
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IMPORTANT WINTER WEATHER NOTES: 1) Particle pollution forecasts are for the smaller particles. Particle pollution levels tend to climb on cold, calm, clear nights due to nighttime inversions which act like a cap trapping pollution close to the surface. In river valleys and areas with more emissions, especially from wood smoke, levels can reach the moderate range. 2) Coarse particle pollution is also a concern during the winter months. Sand and salt mixtures dry out after a storm. Winds and traffic can stir up coarse particle pollution on roadways and parking lots.
Today's Forecast: Jan 28, 2015
Forecast Details: Issued Monday January 26 at 1:06 PM: Wednesday's Air Quality forecast for Ozone and Particle Pollution is GOOD for the entire state. -- Forecaster: Webster
Tomorrow's Forecast: Jan 29, 2015
Forecast Details: Updated Wednesday January 28 at 1:36 PM: Thursday's Air Quality forecast for Ozone is GOOD for the entire state while Particle Pollution is MODERATE for all areas of Maine EXCEPT GOOD for the Mid-Coast and Downeast Coastal regions. [Wind do die down overnight and early in the day for much of Maine. Then the next approaching storm seems to be pushing some higher levels of particle pollution ahead of it. So a combination of local conditions along with transport will combine to push particle pollution levels higher. It is expected that some areas of Maine could reach the Moderate range. The coast from Boothbay Harbor eastward can expect breezier conditions so these areas are less likely to see particle pollution rise high enough to be above the good range.] -- Forecaster: Webster
|Air Quality Descriptor||Color Code||Health Effects|
|Good||GREEN||No Health Notice. No health impacts expected in this range. It’s a great day to be active outside!|
|Moderate||YELLOW||Limited Health Notice. Sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. These are signs to take it easy.|
|Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups||ORANGE||Health Notice. People with heart or lung disease, the elderly, teenagers and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It is okay to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. Asthmatics should follow their action plans and keep quick relieve meds handy. Those with heart disease should watch for palpitations, shortness of breath or unusual fatigue and contact your health provider of necessary.|
|Unhealthy||RED||Health Advisory. People with heart or lung disease, the elderly, teenagers and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Take more breaks during all outdoor activities.|
|Very Unhealthy||PURPLE||Health Alert. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, teenagers and children should avoid any outdoor activity. Move activities indoors or reschedule to a time when air quality is better. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling to a time when air quality is better.|
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