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Code Orange Air Quality Alert issued for the Carolinas

The alert is due to fine particulates originating from smoke caused by wildfires across the western United States.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 10:48 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - A Code Orange Air Quality Alert has been issued by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality across most of the WBTV viewing area.

The alert is due to fine particulates originating from smoke caused by wildfires across the western United States.

A thick haze can be seen over the Carolinas due to wildfires in the west.
A thick haze can be seen over the Carolinas due to wildfires in the west.(First Alert Weather)

These small particulates are microscopic and can be inhaled deep into the lungs, causing adverse health conditions, especially for people with ongoing upper respiratory issues.

They are being transported across the U.S. and into the Carolinas by upper-level winds.

In addition to adverse health conditions for people who spend prolonged periods of time outdoors, the haze is expected to create more dynamic sunrises and sunsets.

The moon should look especially more vibrant the next few nights and is expected to rise at 7:47 p.m. Thursday. The moon will be officially full at 10:37 p.m. Friday.

Stay safe, and keep up with air quality updates, by downloading the free WBTV Weather App to your mobile device.

- WBTV Meteorologist Jason Myers

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