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Code Orange Air Quality Alert issued for Carolinas with hot and muggy conditions

Smoky air from western US wildfires continues to pour into the Carolinas. We will remain in a code Orange regime for the remainder of Thursday.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 1:28 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 8:19 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Smoky air from western US wildfires continues to pour into the Carolinas. We will remain in a code Orange regime for the remainder of Thursday.

  • Air Quality Alert Remains
  • Smoky Air Lingers Throughout Region
  • First Alert Monday For Bigger Storms

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The forecast for Friday from the NC Division of Air Quality is code Yellow - moderate - which is obviously a big step in the right direction. It remains to be seen if the air quality will recover this quickly.

In terms of the forecast, I’m issuing a First Alert for Monday as a weak frontal boundary will arrive and leverage the hot unstable air in place and increase our chances of organized storm clusters and squall lines during the afternoon and evening. Rainfall in almost any for would be welcome at this point to help washout the smoke from the atmosphere.

Otherwise, Friday should be quiet. The weekend will produce scattered showers and storms, mainly in the western half of our viewing area. And on the backside of Monday’s First Alert, the weather returns to a quiet pattern, but the heat and humidity are going nowhere with persistent highs in the low and mid 90s and lows in the low 70s.

Limit any unnecessary exposure to the outdoor air and stay safe.

Meteorologist Eric Thomas

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