BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Greater Boston was stifled by a thick, smoky haze on Tuesday — courtesy of the West Coast. The haze caused air quality to plummet in the city, driving up Air Quality Indicator values to near-dangerous levels and prompting an Air Quality Alert from the National Weather Service.
The haze came from wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
The Air Quality Indicator level in Boston as of late Tuesday afternoon was around 135, which the National Weather Service calls "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups." That means people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens, who the service said shouldn't spend as much time outside.
The air quality was worse in parts of Connecticut and New York Tuesday, where officials warned everyone to stay indoors if possible.
Written by Chaiel Schaffel