Baltimore, breathe easy: Air quality returns to ‘acceptable’ levels

Published 6/9/2023 8:29 a.m. EDT, Updated 6/9/2023 7:59 p.m. EDT

The air quality in Baltimore and the surrounding region is worse Thursday morning than it was Wednesday. Parts of the region have very unhealthy air and some have hazardous,.some people chose to wear a mask and many chose ro go without.

The air quality in and around Baltimore is “acceptable” as of Friday morning, according to The pollution in the air — mainly fine particulate matter from wildfires in Canada — has begun to clear up.

Baltimore’s Air Quality Index as of 8 a.m. Friday was around 70, which means air quality is “acceptable,” though people who are especially sensitive to air pollution should still exercise caution.

The air quality forecast from does still predict Baltimore to be under a Code Orange Air Quality Index Friday, which means the air is “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” According to a Maryland Department of the Environment forecast, some rain Friday will “scour” fine particles from the atmosphere, which will in turn greatly improve local air quality.

As with all forecasts, the Air Quality Index forecast could change as the day continues and conditions change.

However, according to the National Weather Service as of 8 a.m., showers and thunderstorms will be “scattered” in the region today, meaning not everyone in the Baltimore metro area will benefit from the air quality improvement rain can offer. The Baltimore and Annapolis areas remained under Code Orange Air Quality Alert Friday morning, even though the conditions have improved.

Groups who may be especially sensitive to air pollution and should remain careful today include children, older adults, people with asthma and people who have other health conditions that affect the heart or lungs.

This story will be updated.

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