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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

July 16, 2018

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

AQI Scale
Forecast Region
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Mon
07/16/2018
Tue
07/17/2018
Wed
07/18/2018
Thu
07/19/2018
Amarillo Ozone Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5
Austin PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10
Beaumont-Port Arthur PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Corpus Christi PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10
El Paso Ozone Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone
Houston PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10
Laredo PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10
Lubbock PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5
Midland-Odessa Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5/PM10 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5
San Antonio PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5 PM2.5/PM10
Tyler-Longview PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10 PM2.5/PM10
Victoria PM2.5 PM2.5 PM2.5 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

Monday 07/16/2018
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher on the north and northeast side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area 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 build and move further inland, with at least light amounts reaching spots along and east of a line from Presidio to Kermit; the heaviest dust is forecast to impact the area along and east of a line from Del Rio to Wichita Falls. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher 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; "Moderate" in parts of the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the Amarillo and El Paso area (specifically in the Big Bend region). 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, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.


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

African dust is expected to persist with at least light amounts impacting the entire state; the heaviest dust is forecast to move a bit further inland, reaching spots along and east of a line from Presidio to Kermit and along and west of a line from Laredo to Carthage. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Brownsville-McAllen, Corpus Christi, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso (specifically in the Big Bend region), Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas; and "Moderate" in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Houston, and Victoria areas. The daily PM10 AQI associated with the dust could also reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso (specifically in the Big Bend region), Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.


Wednesday 07/18/2018 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 Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, 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 in portions of Central, North, and East Texas while another strong dust cloud arrives in South Texas along the coast. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Brownsville-McAllen, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas; and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Corpus Christi, El Paso (specifically in the Big Bend region), Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, and Victoria areas. The daily PM10 AQI associated with the dust could also reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth, 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 and Houston areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

The new African dust cloud is expected to build and move further inland, with at least light amounts lingering and/or reaching spots along and east of a line from Presidio to Kermit; the heaviest dust is forecast to impact the area along and east of a line from Eagle Pass to Childress. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher 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; "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Lubbock, and Midland-Odessa areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the El Paso area (specifically in the Big Bend region). 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, Houston, Laredo, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas as well.


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This forecast was last updated at 11:05 AM on Monday, July 16th, 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.