“Everyone Should Avoid Outdoors”: 100 Million Americans Under Air Quality Alerts As Canadian Wildfire Smoke Blankets East Coast

Nearly 100 million people across 18 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina, are under air quality alerts Wednesday morning, according to NBC News. A low-pressure system stuck off Nova Scotia is sending smoke from Canadian wildfires into the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.

According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fires Centre, more than 400 wildfires are burning in Canada. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s radar-based analysis shows smoke from the wildfires pouring in from eastern Ontario and into the US.

On Tuesday night, New York City had the worst air pollution of any major city in the world, according to the IQAir website. Many other major US cities were blanketed in haze with air quality levels deemed “unhealthy.”

“EVERYONE should avoid the outdoors,” one meteorologist tweeted.

This morning, residents along the East Coast woke up to the following:

Richard Bann, a forecaster at the US Weather Prediction Center, told Bloomberg:

“Relief is not coming anytime soon.

“For the time being the Northeast US is in a position where it going to continue to ebb and flow with the thickness and intensity of the smoke.”

Meanwhile, NBC News is pushing masks: “If you need to spend time outside in smoke, a mask can help.”

Perhaps El Niño is to blame.

**By ZeroHedge

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