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Code Orange Air Quality Alert: Wind shifts, re-routing smoke away from CLT; Western counties remain under Code Red

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The wind has shifted just a bit this morning clearing the air around Charlotte slightly. The flow today will be generally from the north (blowing toward the south), re-routing the smoke away from Charlotte.

RELATED: Air Quality Alert downgraded to Code Orange for Charlotte area

Because of that, our concentrations of fine particles shouldn't be quite as high today for the Charlotte metro area. Still, it's a good idea to limit time outside - especially for the elderly, young kids and those with respiratory issues. If you are located farther west – in Upstate South Carolina, in Cleveland, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba or Alexander, you have another Code Red day.

That could cause problems for everyone – not just those in the sensitive groups.

Temperatures will continue to climb for the rest of the week. With no rain in sight, highs will be in ALthe low 70s today and mid 70s on Friday.  The newest drought update arrives later today - don't expect good news.

A cold front will be moving through on Saturday. That brings a 20% chance for rain. It will also cause the winds to pick up. That may temporarily mix out the smoke for us. However, it could cause the fires themselves to spread - possibly worsening the conditions in the long run.

A big cool-down comes in for Sunday and Thanksgiving week.

- Meteorologist Al Conklin

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