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Nova Scotia wildfire sends East Coast air quality plummeting

A wildifre burning in Nova Scotia has not only forced the evacuation of thousands in Canada, but has sent air quality plummeting in cities across the northeastern U.S. this week.

Tourists in New York City likely took photos against hazy skies this week, with air quality on Tuesday afternoon and evening significantly reduced. 

The National Weather Service office there said Wednesday that clouds would give way to hazy sunshine with another day of smoke from the fires. 

“Air quality alerts are in effect for New Jersey as a result per @NewJerseyDEP,” it said. 

Manhattanhenge

People stand on 42nd Street in Times Square as they photograph the second evening of the Manhattanhenge sunset on May 30, 2023, in New York City. (Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

An alert was also in effect in Detroit on Wednesday, and smoke was also reported to impact Albany and other parts of New York, portions of Connecticut and Massachusetts, areas from central Virginia to southern Maryland and Maine. 

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Haze in the sky from the Nova Scotia wildfire seen at a Maine farm. (NWS Gray/Twitter)

COLORADO, MONTANA ISSUE AIR QUALITY ALERTS AS SMOKE FROM WILDFIRES IN CANADA DRIFTS TO THE US

“This smoke is being smelled at ground level. Be alert if you are planning to be outside later today/tonight,” the agency’s Albany office said Tuesday. 

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The forecast is calling for hotter weather on Wednesday. No rain is forecast until Friday at the earliest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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