Poor air quality in New York City from wildfires in Canada “has never impacted us on this scale before,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said during a press conference Wednesday.
The air quality in New York City Tuesday was the worst air quality in the city since the 1960s, according to New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Ashwin Vasan.
Officials recommended New Yorkers use a high-quality mask if they have to be outside.
Conditions are expected to deteriorate further Wednesday afternoon and evening, but are anticipated to improve later Wednesday night through Thursday morning, Adams said.
New York City is not seeing an uptick in emergency room visits due to complications from the air quality, Vasan said, but he warned that could change.
Advisory will likely be around for days: The city's air quality health advisory will be extended to at least midnight Wednesday and likely into the next couple of days, according to NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zachary Iscol.
“We expect this to be a multiple-day event, so we expect that that advisory to remain in place for the next few days,” he said.
Smoke is notoriously difficult to forecast, Iscol said.