Air Quality Forecast
Current and expected air quality concentrations for the upcoming 24 hours. Air quality forecasts are scheduled to be updated by 3:00 pm weekdays and other times as necessary. Forecasts are also available on the Bureau's Air Quality Hotline at (800) 223-1196.
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Special status notes:
Spring is finally here! Particle pollution levels tend to clean out and ozone usually isn't too much of a problem until later but alas the warmer weather brings other things to keep an eye on in the meantime. Pollen and other aeroallergens often cause problems for people with allergies. Aeroallergens are not currently monitored nor forecast by the Maine DEP. However, staff are involved in a grass roots effort to create a nationwide, standardized monitor network with the data being readily available to the public. Unfortunately, it is several years away from becoming a reality. In the meantime, the closest site monitored by the National Allergy Bureau is Waterbury CT. Here is the URL to the pollen count information for the Northeast: https://www.aaaai.org/global/nab-pollen-counts/northeast-region.
Today's Forecast: Jun 19, 2019
Forecast Details: Updated Tuesday June 18 at 1:40 PM: Wednesday's Air Quality Forecast for Ozone and Particle Pollution is GOOD statewide. -- Webster
Tomorrow's Forecast: Jun 20, 2019
Forecast Details: Issued Tuesday June 18 at 1:40 PM: Thursday's Air Quality Forecast for Ozone and Particle Pollution is GOOD statewide. -- Webster
Forecast regions are used to refer to general geographic areas of the state and air pollution obviously is not contained by these boundaries. If a region adjacent to the region containing your particular town is forecasted to have poorer air quality than your region, you might consider noting the health effects associated with the poorer air quality and take appropriate actions.
|Air Quality Descriptor||Color Code||Health Effects|
|Good||GREEN||No Health Notice. No health impacts expected in this range. It’s a great day to be active outside!|
|Moderate||YELLOW||Limited Health Notice. Sensitive people should consider reducing prolonged or heavy exertion. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. These are signs to take it easy.|
|Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups||ORANGE||Health Notice. People with heart or lung disease, the elderly, teenagers and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. It is okay to be active outside, but take more breaks and do less intense activities. Watch for symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. Asthmatics should follow their action plans and keep quick relief meds handy. Those with heart disease should watch for palpitations, shortness of breath or unusual fatigue and contact your health provider of necessary.|
|Unhealthy||RED||Health Advisory. People with heart or lung disease, the elderly, teenagers and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion and consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. Take more breaks during all outdoor activities.|
|Very Unhealthy||PURPLE||Health Alert. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, teenagers and children should avoid any outdoor activity. Move activities indoors or reschedule to a time when air quality is better. Everyone else should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Consider moving activities indoors or rescheduling to a time when air quality is better.|
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