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Air quality in much of Clark County falls into unhealthy range

Southwest Washington remains under an excessive heat warning through Monday

By Amy Libby, Columbian Web Editor
Published: July 5, 2024, 7:18am

Clark County woke up to poor air quality this morning with much of Vancouver and the central county slipping into the red, according to airnow.gov. The

Readings for an area bound by Vancouver Heights to the south, Hazel Dell to the west, Mount Vista to the north and Orchards in the east had an air quality index of 158 as of 6 a.m. The air was unhealthy for all groups but especially dangerous for people with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens. Some readings in the county dropped back to unhealthy for sensitive groups by mid-morning.

The rest of the county was in either the unhealthy for sensitive groups or moderate range. Much of the state was in the moderate range this morning with smoke from the Alaska wildfires drifting south into the north and central parts of the state.

People are advised to avoid strenuous activity outdoors and stay inside if possible.

The forecast for today and Saturday are for improved air quality.

Clark County and much of Southwest Washington and western Oregon remain under an excessive heat warning through Monday, with temperatures from 100 to 105 expected. Today’s high is expected to be 98 with a low of 67 tonight.

“Overnight temperatures will also be very warm, only falling below 70 degrees for a short period late each night, if at all. The warm nighttime temperatures will limit chances to recover from the heat, exacerbating the risk of heat-related illness in this prolonged heat wave,” according to the National Weather Service in Portland.

Cooling centers in Clark County will be open during the heat wave.