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Salt Lake City once again ranks worst air quality in the world as wildfire smoke moves back in

Posted at 7:30 AM, Aug 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-16 13:38:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City once again ranks worst in the world, among major metropolitan areas, for air quality as wildfire smoke pushes back into the area today.

IQAir, which monitors air quality around the world shows Salt Lake City in the number one position for worst air quality on Monday morning.

READ: FOX 13 Monday weather forecast

The World AQI ranking for major metro areas Monday morning was:

  1. Salt Lake City
  2. Santiago, Chile
  3. Dhaka, Bangladesh
  4. Lahore, Pakistan
  5. Dubai, UAE
  6. Wuhan, China
  7. Kuwait City, Kuwait

An ER doctor at Ogden Regional Medical Center told FOX 13 News that ORMC has seen increased numbers of asthmatics and COPD patients come in over the past week. They all commented the air has made their conditions worse. They added that they've also seen post-COVID patients complaining of the same issue.

Moisture will move back in tomorrow and bring showery and cooler weather for the middle of the week. Much needed rain will also knock a lot of smoke out of the air and bring better air quality.

Salt Lake Fire Emergency Management says there are some things you can do to stay as healthy as possible during periods of bad air quality:

  • Keep windows and doors closed
  • Close the fresh air intake vent on window AC units
  • Consider buying an indoor air purifier
  • Use N95 masks
  • Avoid being too active