SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City ranked fourth worst city in the world when it comes to air quality on Tuesday morning, according to IQAir.
By 2:00 p.m. Tuesday SLC had fallen to 17th place.
So, it’s still smoky in northern Utah, but we’re getting closer to better air.
The National Weather Service predicts unhealthy pollution through tomorrow, and after days of bad air, even the healthy are feeling the effects.
Expect gusty winds across nrn & ern ZLC, slant range vis restrictions and isolated MVFR conditions over central & srn ZLC due to wildfire smoke today. Get a weather briefing before flying & monitor https://t.co/ObZ6vZynlf and https://t.co/WqhqlNcscJ for updates. #aviation pic.twitter.com/aG5AHMU1wo— NWS CWSU Salt Lake (@NWSCWSUZLC) August 10, 2021
The most vulnerable, like kids, seniors and those with respiratory issues, are particularly at risk. Experts recommend staying indoors as much as possible.
"Certainly every summer when the air quality is poor, we do see an uptick in asthma exacerbations and trips to the ER for wheezing and trouble with asthma," Dr. Karen Woolf at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children told FOX 13 News.
The good news: southern Utah is clearing up and we should see better skies in northern Utah tomorrow.
Experts say you can do several things to stay as healthy as possible:
- Purchase a HEPA air purifier for your home
- stay indoors as much as possible
- Keep all your doors and windows closed
- If you have a window A/C unit close the outside air intake
- Clean bed sheets more often