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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

The latest forecast for air quality conditions in Texas' metropolitan areas.

September 26, 2016

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)
AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Mon
09/26/2016
Tue
09/27/2016
Wed
09/28/2016
Thu
09/29/2016
Austin Good Good Ozone Ozone
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Ozone Good
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Ozone
Dallas-Fort Worth Good Good Ozone Good
El Paso Good Good Good Good
Houston Good Good Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone
Laredo Good Good Good Ozone
Lubbock Good Good Good Good
Midland-Odessa Good Good Good Good
San Antonio Good Good Ozone Ozone
Tyler-Longview Good Good Ozone Good
Victoria Good Good Good Ozone
Waco-Killeen Good Good Ozone Good

 

Discussion

Monday 09/26/2016
Moderate winds, cool temperatures, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

Tuesday 09/27/2016
Moderate winds, lingering cloud cover, and/or low incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range statewide.

Wednesday 09/28/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher on the south and southeast side of the Austin area, on the south and southwest sides of the Houston and San Antonio areas, and in the Tyler-Longview area; and "Moderate" in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated background levels associated with building continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for PM2.5 to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Houston area as well.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

Thursday 09/29/2016 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in the Houston area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in the Corpus Christi and San Antonio areas; and "Moderate" in the Austin, Laredo, and Victoria areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated background levels associated with continental haze combined with sufficient local add-on could be enough for PM2.5 to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in the Houston area as well.

Elsewhere in the state, moderate winds and/or lower incoming background levels should help to keep air quality in the "Good" range.

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This forecast was last updated at 9:30 am on Monday, September 26th, and is updated daily on normal TCEQ work days and may also be updated on weekends or holidays when air pollution levels are high. Regardless of our forecast, we always recommend that each individual determine what level of activity they should conduct based on the actual local conditions. See the "Related Current Data" links above to monitor the latest actual conditions.