Hazy smoke and poor air quality is expected to continue in New York and New Jersey due to smoke from wildfires in Canada.

Late Tuesday night the air quality levels in New York City hit record levels, reaching 218 on the Air Quality Index, which is “very unhealthy,” according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

PIX 11 News reported that the air quality is considered unhealthy for sensitive groups, including those who have asthma, heart and lung disease, or general breathing problems.

Children and adults over 65 are also vulnerable.

“We recommend all New Yorkers limit outdoor activity to the greatest extent possible. Those with preexisting respiratory problems, like heart or breathing problems, as well as children and older adults may be especially sensitive and should stay indoors at this time,” Mayor Eric Adams said on Tuesday.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection advises:

  • Staying indoors as much as possible.
  • Keeping your windows closed.
  • Using an air purifier if possible.
  • If you must go outside, limit your physical activity and wear a mask for any extended period of exposure.


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