New York landmarks are blanketed in smoke pouring into Canada’s wildfire northeast, triggering a ‘code red’ warning for residents with respiratory problems… and it could be WORSE tomorrow
- Landmarks in New York were blanketed in smoke from Canadian wildfires on Tuesday
- Smoke filled Yankees Stadium and more baseball games were canceled
- Meteorologists suggested air quality could deteriorate further on Wednesday
New Yorkers were back in masks on Tuesday as thick smoke from Canadian wildfires to the north descended on the city.
Images showed an orange glow hanging over New York City at sunset, obscuring iconic structures like the Empire State Building and the Stature of Liberty.
Across from Manhattan in the Bronx, Yankees fans watching the evening’s baseball described being able to smell smoke filling the stadium.
Meanwhile, a game involving their Minor League affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, has been postponed “due to poor air quality”.
US government online platform AirNow suggested air quality levels in the city were “very unhealthy” and warned against all outdoor activity.
Opposite Manhattan in the Bronx, Yankees fans watching the evening’s baseball described being able to smell smoke filling the stadium
The sun is shrouded as it rises into hazy, smoky skies behind the Empire State Building in New York City on June 6
The Statue of Liberty is seen surrounded by smoke from wildfires in Canada
New York Governor Kathy Hochul warned an air quality health advisory was in effect and shared a map showing where in the state wildfire smoke was particularly dangerous.
The South-Central New York Rural Health Network shared a message on Twitter advising residents that cloth masks would not protect them from wildfire smoke and that a “well-fitting” N95 was in order.
On Wednesday, air quality is expected to deteriorate further.
Meteorologist John Homenuk of New York Metro Weather told the New York Daily News the smoke could last for days and that Wednesday afternoon the risk was likely to be even higher.
“Right now, models suggest another near-surface smoke explosion during Wednesday afternoon, then high smoke for the rest of the week and even parts of the weekend,” it said. -he declares.
“It’s no secret that New York City is facing extraordinary air quality conditions right now,” Basil Seggos, the State Department’s Environmental Conservation Commissioner, said Tuesday during an interview. of a press conference. Reported press coup.
New Yorker wears mask to avoid breathing smoke from Canada’s wildfires
A general view of foggy conditions resulting from the wildfires in Canada as the field crew prepares the field ahead of the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday
The sun is seen behind the Empire State Building, One Vanderbilt and the Chrysler Building in New York on Tuesday
Haze seen from 51 Astor Place in New York is ‘code red’ for unhealthy air quality as smoke from Canadian wildfires pouring into the Northeast reached dangerous levels on Tuesday
Meteorologists suggested the smoke over New York could be worse on Wednesday
“Most New Yorkers, all New Yorkers, saw the conditions on the ground today – the skies are hazy, the visibility is terrible and you can smell the smoke in the air.”
The unhealthy air seeping into the city was caused by smoke from a fire last week in Nova Scotia that affected quality levels from New York to Washington DC.
As of Tuesday morning, more than 160 forest fires were still burning in Quebec, including at least 114 deemed out of control.
Recent wildfires have led Canadian authorities to classify this season as one of the worst fire seasons in the country.