Air quality alert: Canadian smoke expected Friday and Saturday

13 July 2023

All of Minnesota will be under an air quality alert beginning Friday morning due to smoke from Canadian wildfires.

The smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta and British Columbia is expected to move into Minnesota behind a cold front Friday and linger for several hours into Saturday, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The air quality alert, which is currently forecasting conditions in the “unhealthy for sensitive groups” category, is issued from 8 a.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Friday is expected to see a high near 88, mostly sunny skies and chances for showers and thunderstorm during the day. Hazy skies and a slight chance of rain are expected at night, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday should see a high near 85, with sunny skies and a slight chance of a thunderstorm. Sunday should see a high near 81 and sunny skies.

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