Areas of fog this morning with another Unhealthy air quality day forecast

Areas of fog, creating visibility of less than a half mile, may be encountered in various parts of Allegany County this morning, as another UNHEALTHY Red Alert Day is forecast for most of Upstate New York and all of Pennsylvania.

The fog is expected to burn off by 9AM, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) at Buffalo but haze from smoke and particles from Canadian wildfires are continuing today, although the air quality level may be somewhat better for the general population.

News reports indicate 23 new fires were experienced in Canada yesterday, with nearly 500 active fires burning across the country, the smoke from some being experienced in various parts of the United States.

Nearly 20 million acres have burned this year, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, with more than than 3,000 fires already this year and some half of the current active fires deemed out of control.

On Wednesday, purple Very Unhealthy levels were recorded in Western New York for a brief period around 5PM, as shown on the chart from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AirNow initiative which accompanies this story.

Showers and thunderstorms are potentials for various periods from Friday through the July 4th holiday.

Be Aware. Be Prepared. Stay Safe.TM and monitor for weekend weather issues.

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