Smoke from the wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is being carried over the Tri-States on the winds of an area of high pressure. The heaviest of the smoke will be to our east so the sunsets may not be super red. Apart from beautiful sunsets, smoke can impact the forecast by keeping the temperature down a degree or two from forecasts. Air quality can be an issue but usually is not for our area. Thicker smoke from a closer fire can reduce air quality and lead to health concerns for some but this one should not be any concern for most folks. Heat and humidity will climb as the week progresses. Highs will rise well into the 90s by the weekend with heat index values near 100 degrees. Heat safety tips should be followed, limit strenuous outdoor activities, wear light colored, loose fitted clothing, and drink plenty of water to avoid heat related illness. After temperatures climb this weekend, it's looking like they will stay on the warm side as we move into next week.
Chief Meteorologist of the WGEM StormTrak Weather Team