An air quality alert was issued by the Douglas County Health Department Friday due to smoke and particulates in the air. Smoke from controlled burns in farm fields south of the metro are to blame.
“The conditions may change during the day and during the weekend due to the winds and possible rain,” said Douglas County Health Director Dr. Adi Pour. “If you have lung disease, respiratory disease or a heart condition it would be wise to monitor the air quality.”
Conditions will remain hazy from temperature inversion (warmer air aloft) which is helping to create reduced visibilities as well as the smell of smoke in the air.
As the day progresses, expect improving conditions as winds pick up, which will help dilute the smoke. Temperatures will warm into the upper 60s under filtered sunshine.
The grassland fire danger index will be in the very high category Friday afternoon as south/southeast winds gust to 25 to 30 mph and relative humidity values lower to near 30 percent.
Quiet conditions linger into Saturday before showers and storms overspread the area Saturday night and Sunday.