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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

May 25, 2018

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

AQI Scale
Forecast Region
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Fri
05/25/2018
Sat
05/26/2018
Sun
05/27/2018
Mon
05/28/2018
Tue
05/29/2018
Amarillo Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Austin Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone* Ozone
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good PM2.5 Good PM2.5 PM2.5
Brownsville-McAllen Good Good Good Good PM2.5
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone Ozone* Ozone/PM2.5
El Paso Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Houston Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone* Ozone
Laredo Good Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone
Midland-Odessa Ozone Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5
San Antonio Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone* Ozone
Tyler-Longview Ozone PM2.5 PM2.5 Good PM2.5
Victoria Good Good Good Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Good Good Ozone PM2.5
An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.

Forecast Discussion

Friday 05/25/2018
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher on the north side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, and Tyler-Longview areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

A slight increase in urban fine particulate background levels along with sufficient local add-on due to light winds could also be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well.

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


Saturday 05/26/2018
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher on the northeast side of the El Paso area and on the north side of the Houston area; and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated urban fine particulate background levels associated with building continental haze along with sufficient local add-on due to light winds could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Tyler-Longview areas. Light amounts of smoke from ongoing seasonal fires in New Mexico and northern Mexico could also contribute to low "Moderate" PM2.5 levels in parts of the Midland-Odessa area as well.

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


Sunday 05/27/2018 Outlook
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" or possibly higher on the north and northwest side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated urban fine particulate background levels associated with building continental haze along with sufficient local add-on due to light winds could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview areas. Light amounts of smoke from ongoing seasonal fires in New Mexico and northern Mexico could also contribute to low "Moderate" PM2.5 levels in parts of the Midland-Odessa area as well.

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


Monday 05/28/2018 Outlook
An Ozone Action Day will be in effect on Monday for the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio areas. Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" in parts of the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio areas; and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, El Paso, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Waco-Killeen areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated urban fine particulate background levels associated with continental haze along with sufficient local add-on due to light winds could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur and Dallas-Fort Worth areas and the upper end of the "Good" range in the Houston and Tyler-Longview areas. Light amounts of smoke from ongoing seasonal fires in New Mexico and northern Mexico could also contribute to low "Moderate" PM2.5 levels in parts of the Lubbock and Midland-Odessa areas as well.

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


Tuesday 05/29/2018 Extended 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 area and "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, El Paso, Houston, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and San Antonio areas, with highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Slightly elevated urban fine particulate background levels associated with continental haze along with sufficient local add-on due to light winds could be enough to raise the daily PM2.5 AQI to the "Moderate" range in parts of the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas. Light amounts of smoke from ongoing seasonal fires in New Mexico and northern Mexico could also contribute to low "Moderate" PM2.5 levels in parts of the Midland-Odessa area as well. Finally, very light amounts of smoke from agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America could begin returning to deep South Texas, possibly raising the daily PM2.5 AQI to the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Brownsville-McAllen area.

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


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This forecast was last updated at 125 PM on Sunday, May 27th, 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.