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"Unprecedented': Minnesota air quality 'very unhealthy' into next week

Jul 30, 2021 04:31PM ● By Editor
By Paul Huttner from Minnesota Public Radio News - July 30, 2021

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is calling it an unprecedented long-duration air quality event. The thick plume of Canadian wildfire smoke will persist across Minnesota through this weekend.

MPCA has extended the air quality alert for all of Minnesota through 3 p.m. Tuesday. Air quality will be in the very unhealthy range (purple on the map) for much of Minnesota through the weekend.

Air quality alert
Air quality alert
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Air Quality Index Friday

Air Quality Index at 1 p.m. Friday -Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Thick smoke is still swishing around in slowly shifting winds across Minnesota. 

A northerly wind flow this weekend will reinforce the persistent smoke plume as more smoke from the fires drifts south from Canada.

To see the original report and stay up to date on forecast conditions, follow this link to the MPR News website.

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