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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

July 17, 2018

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Forecast based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)

AQI Scale
Forecast Region
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Tue
07/17/2018
Wed
07/18/2018
Thu
07/19/2018
Fri
07/20/2018
Amarillo Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5
Austin PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10
El Paso Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5
Houston Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5
Laredo PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5
Lubbock PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5
Midland-Odessa Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5
San Antonio PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10
Tyler-Longview PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10
Victoria PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10
An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.

Forecast Discussion

Tuesday 07/17/2018
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher on the east and northeast side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in parts of the El Paso area; and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Houston, and Midland-Odessa areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Widespread African dust is expected to persist across the entire state, with the heaviest dust forecast to shift further inland into western portions of Central and North Central Texas and extending as far as the Big Bend, Permian Basin, and South Plains regions. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas; the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Big Bend, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Victoria areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the El Paso area. The daily PM10 AQI associated with the dust could also reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Big Bend, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.


Wednesday 07/18/2018
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the El Paso area and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

African dust is expected to linger with at least light amounts covering the entire state; the heaviest dust is forecast to remain over the northern half of the state. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Big Bend, Dallas-Fort Worth, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas; and the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Houston, and Victoria areas. The daily PM10 AQI associated with the dust could also reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Big Bend, Dallas-Fort Worth, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.


Thursday 07/19/2018 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the El Paso area and "Moderate" in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Another fairly intense African dust cloud is expected to arrive in South and Southeast Texas along the coast before pushing inland into parts of Central and East Texas, with at least light amounts lingering in patches across the remainder of the state. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas; the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Big Bend, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the El Paso area. The daily PM10 AQI associated with the dust could also reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.


Friday 07/20/2018 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, El Paso, and Midland-Odessa areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

African dust is expected to persist across the entire state, with the heaviest dust forecast to shift further inland into portions of Central, North Central, and East Texas. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the Austin and Waco-Killeen areas; the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Tyler-Longview areas; the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Big Bend, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Victoria areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the El Paso area. The daily PM10 AQI associated with the dust could also reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.


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This forecast was last updated at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, July 17th, 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.