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Today's Texas Air Quality Forecast

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

August 20, 2018

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

AQI Scale
Forecast Region
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Mon
08/20/2018
Tue
08/21/2018
Wed
08/22/2018
Thu
08/23/2018
Amarillo PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone Ozone
Austin Good Good Good Good
Beaumont-Port Arthur Good Good Good Good
Brownsville-McAllen PM2.5 Good Good Good
Corpus Christi Good Good Good Good
Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone* Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5
El Paso Ozone Ozone Ozone Ozone
Houston Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
Laredo Good Good Good Good
Lubbock Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone Ozone
Midland-Odessa Good Good Ozone Ozone
San Antonio Good Good Good Good
Tyler-Longview Good Ozone/PM2.5 Ozone/PM2.5 PM2.5
Victoria Good Good Good Good
Waco-Killeen Good Ozone Ozone Ozone
An asterisk (*) indicates that an Ozone Action Day is or will be in effect for the indicated region.

Forecast Discussion

Monday 08/20/2018
Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Moderate" in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, and Lubbock areas and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the Houston and Midland-Odessa areas, with the highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from ongoing wildfires across the Western United States is expected to surge back into the Texas Panhandle, perhaps pushing as far south as the Permian Basin. Meanwhile, very light amounts of weakening African dust will continue to linger, mainly stretching from South and Southwest Texas through the Hill Country and Central Texas into North Central and Northeast Texas. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the lower end of the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Brownsville-McAllen, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Lubbock areas and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the Austin, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, San Antonio, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas.

Otherwise and 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 08/21/2018
An Ozone Action Day will be in effect for the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Tuesday, August 21st. Winds may be light enough and/or incoming background levels high enough for ozone to reach "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups" on the south side of the Dallas-Fort Worth area; "Moderate" or possibly higher in parts of the El Paso and Waco-Killeen areas; "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Houston, Lubbock, and Tyler-Longview areas; and the upper end of the "Good" range in the Midland-Odessa areas with the highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from ongoing wildfires across the Western United States is expected to push further into the northern half of the state, impacting spots generally along and north of a line from Midland to Waco to Lufkin at times. Meanwhile, very light amounts of dissipating African dust will continue to linger primarily in Southwest Texas and the Big Bend region. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Amarillo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Lubbock, and Tyler-Longview areas and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the Big Bend, Laredo, Midland-Odessa, and Waco-Killeen areas.

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


Wednesday 08/22/2018 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 El Paso areas, "Moderate" in parts of the Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, Tyler-Longview, and Waco-Killeen areas, with the highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from ongoing wildfires across the Western United States is expected to continue to impact the northern half of the state, generally along and north of a line from Midland to Jarrell to Beaumont at times. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview areas, and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Waco-Killeen areas.

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


Thursday 08/23/2018 Outlook
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, Lubbock, Midland-Odessa, and Waco-Killeen areas, with the highest concentrations in the afternoon and early evening.

Smoke from ongoing wildfires across the Western United States is expected to continue to impact the northern and northeastern parts of the state, generally along and north of a line from Plainview to Temple to Houston at times. Overall, the daily PM2.5 AQI is forecast to reach the "Moderate" range in parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler-Longview areas, and the upper end of the "Good" range in parts of the Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont-Port Arthur, Houston, and Waco-Killeen areas.

Otherwise and 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 2:00 PM on Monday, August 20th, 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.