Here's When Air Quality Will Improve — But It's Going To Get Worse First, Forecasters Say

The air quality in the Northeast could get worse before it gets better, meteorologists say.

Experimental smoke and haze forecast simulation Wednesday, June 7.
Experimental smoke and haze forecast simulation Wednesday, June 7. Photo Credit: National Weather Service

A red air quality alert (unhealthy) was issued across New Jersey, with a purple issue (very unhealthy) in greater Philadelphia due to smoke from the Canadian wildfires being pushed into the area.

The question on everyone's mind now: When will air quality improve?

According to, hopefully this weekend. The region is expected to see a change in weather pattern, which is expected to change the wind direction and push remaining smoke out.

New Jersey meteorologist Joe Cioffi says "smoked filled skies will continue at least through Friday.

"The upper air storm in Eastern Canada will begin to slowly pull away to the east Saturday but there still will be enough of a northwest flow to keep us in smokey sunshine."

Residents are urged to limit time outdoors as much as possible until air quality improves.

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