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Utah's air quality to worsen this week

Posted at 7:01 PM, Sep 21, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Department of Environmental Quality says the smoke hanging over the state is here to stay through the rest of the week.

“What we’ve seen over the last few days in the weather patterns have shifted,” DEQ spokesman Jared Mendenhall told FOX 13. “That smoke from California and Oregon is starting to come back through Utah.”

The foreseeable forecast calls for "yellow" or moderate air-quality range, at least through Wednesday.

But different parts of the day will also be worse than others.

“The highest levels will be first thing in the morning. That's when it's kind of gathered up overnight,” Mendenhall said.

Because of the week's air quality issues, Utahns may start to feel tired or short of breath as symptoms of breathing it all week.

“You’re going to really be able to notice it if you’re one of those people in sensitive groups with heart and lung conditions,” Mendenhall said. "Pay attention to your body — your body does a really good job ... of telling you if you’ve had too much… The best thing to do if you’re starting to feel some of those affects is get indoors.”

It's also make sure your filters are also changed so all the nasty smoke outside doesn’t get inside.

For the latest on air quality, visit the Utah Division of Air Quality's website.