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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

July 3, 2020

Forecast is for Ozone, PM2.5, & PM10, and is based on EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI)

AQI Scale
Forecast Region
(Click name for AIRNOW version)
Fri
07/03/2020
Sat
07/04/2020
Sun
07/05/2020
Mon
07/06/2020
Tue
07/07/2020
Amarillo PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5 Good Ozone
Austin PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone
El Paso Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Houston Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Laredo PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Lubbock Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5 Ozone Ozone/PM2.5
Midland-Odessa Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone Ozone/PM2.5
San Antonio PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Tyler-Longview PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 Ozone Ozone PM2.5
Victoria PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Waco-Killeen PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Good
An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.
A caret (^) indicates that levels of PM may exceed the applicable short-term NAAQS. For more information see the following TCEQ websites:Air Pollution from Particulate Matter and Voluntary Tips for Citizens and Business to Reduce Emissions.

Forecast Discussion

Light winds, warm to hot temperatures, abundant afternoon sunshine, and/or elevated incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the upper end of the "Moderate" range or possibly higher on the east and northeast side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and in parts of the El Paso area; the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Houston area; the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Midland-Odessa area; and possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Lubbock area, with the highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Locally heavy smoke from Independence Day fireworks and celebratory activities is possible in spots across the state, particularly in more urban locations. Otherwise, moderate amounts of African dust will persist in at varying intensities across most of the state. Overall, depending on the intensity and coverage of the African dust, 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, Dallas-Fort Worth, 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, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the El Paso area. The associated PM10 AQI due to the African dust could also possibly reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Amarillo, Big Bend, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas as well.

Light winds, warm to hot temperatures, abundant afternoon sunshine, and/or elevated incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the upper end of the "Moderate" range or possibly higher on the east and northeast side of the Houston area and in parts of the El Paso area; the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin area; the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, and Waco-Killeen areas; and possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Lubbock area, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Locally heavy smoke from Independence Day fireworks and celebratory activities is possible in spots across the state, particularly in more urban locations. Otherwise, light to moderate amounts of patchy African dust will linger across most of the state with gradually decreasing intensities throughout the afternoon and evening. Overall, depending on the coverage and intensity of the gradually weakening African dust, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Waco-Killeen areas; the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Victoria areas; possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Big Bend area; and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the El Paso area. The associated PM10 AQI due to the African dust could also possibly reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Waco-Killeen areas and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Victoria areas as well.

Light winds, warm to hot temperatures, sufficient afternoon sunshine, and/or elevated incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the upper end of the "Moderate" range or possibly higher in the central and Southcentral portion of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, on the Northeast side of the Houston area, and on the North and Northwest side of the San Antonio area; the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, El Paso, Midland-Odessa, and Waco-Killeen areas; and the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur and Tyler-Longview areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Lingering African dust will persist at varying intensities across the state while continuing to gradually diminish. Overall, depending on the coverage and intensity of the weakening African dust, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Corpus Christi area; the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, San Antonio, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas; possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Midland-Odessa areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Tyler-Longview area. The associated PM10 AQI due to the African dust could also possibly reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Corpus Christi area and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, San Antonio, Victoria, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.

Light to moderate winds, warm temperatures, sufficient afternoon sunshine, and/or elevated incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the El Paso area; the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Waco-Killeen areas; possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Tyler-Longview area; and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Amarillo, Houston, and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light amounts of lingering African dust will persist across portions of the state generally along and east of a Langtry to Seminole line and along and south of a Lamesa to Nacogdoches line, while continuing to gradually diminish. Overall, depending on the coverage and intensity of the weakening African dust, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and Victoria areas; possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Waco-Killeen areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas. The associated PM10 AQI due to the African dust could also possibly reach the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, and Victoria areas as well.

Otherwise across the Upper Panhandle and elsewhere across the Big Bend region, moderate winds, heavy cloud cover with precipitation, and/or lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

Light to moderate winds, hot temperatures, abundant afternoon sunshine, and/or elevated incoming background levels could be enough for ozone to reach the middle to upper end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth and El Paso areas and the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Light amounts of lingering African dust will persist in patches across portions of the state with the exception of Far West Texas and the Upper Panhandle. Overall, depending on the coverage and intensity of the African dust, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the lower to middle end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, and Victoria areas; possibly the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Lubbock, and Tyler-Longview areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Amarillo, Big Bend, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Waco-Killeen areas. The associated PM10 AQI due to the African dust could also possibly reach the upper end of the "Good" range (perhaps with an isolated low "Moderate" or two) in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Houston, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, and Victoria areas as well.

Otherwise in the Big Bend and Waco-Killeen areas, moderate winds and lower incoming background levels should help keep air quality in the "Good" range in most spots.

This forecast was last updated at 1:25 PM on Saturday, July 4th, 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 below to monitor the latest actual conditions.

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