"Tens of millions of people in the US were under air quality alerts on
Wednesday, as smoke from Canadian wildfires drifted south, turning the sky in
some of the country’s biggest cities a murky brown and saturating the air with
States across the east, including New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut,
issued air quality alerts, with officials recommending that people limit
In New York City, where conditions were expected to deteriorate further through
the day, residents were urged to limit their time outdoors, as public schools
canceled outdoor activities.
Smoke from wildfires in Canada has been moving south into the US since May.
Hundreds of fires are burning in Canada, from the western provinces to Nova
Scotia and Quebec in the east, where there are more than 150 active fires in a
particularly fierce start to the summer season.
New York City had the worst air quality of any big city in the world on
Wednesday, according to IQAir. Second worst was Lahore, Pakistan, while the
next worst major US city, Detroit, Michigan, came in at 13th. Delhi, India,
which consistently ranks among the worst cities for air pollution, was sixth
The smell of smoke was detectable in New York on Tuesday evening as the sky
turned orange-brown and visibility shrank before sunset. The smell persisted on
Wednesday, and an air quality advisory was expected to remain in place until
Wednesday night in much of central and eastern New York state. In New York
City, schools canceled all outdoor events and residents were encouraged to wear
face masks, which many had shed as the coronavirus pandemic waned.
“We recommend all New Yorkers limit outdoor activity to the greatest extent
possible,” the mayor, Eric Adams, said.
“Those with pre-existing respiratory problems, like heart or breathing
problems, as well as children and older adults, may be especially sensitive and
should stay indoors at this time.”
Adams said air conditions were expected to deteriorate throughout Wednesday
afternoon and evening."
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