Unhealthy air quality expected through Wednesday

Unhealthy air quality expected through Wednesday
Saharan dust helps obscure the sun near sunset July 16 in Shreveport.
The air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive groups through Wednesday
The air quality will be unhealthy for sensitive groups through Wednesday
High concentrations of Saharan dust in the air could cause breathing problems for those with respiratory disease.
High concentrations of Saharan dust in the air could cause breathing problems for those with respiratory disease.

The air quality across the ArkLaTex is expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups through at least midweek.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an Air Quality Action Day for Tuesday for the greater Shreveport area, including portions of Bossier, Caddo and DeSoto parishes.

High concentrations of Saharan dust are expected the next couple of days, That could affect people with respiratory issues.

The dust originates over northern Africa and can be carried aloft by the wind across the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes the weather pattern is favorable for this dust to be drawn into the ArkLaTex.

You may have noticed the very hazy conditions across the area Monday, which was due to this dust in the air.

The elderly and those with respiratory diseases like asthma are most at risk when the air quality goes down. People in those groups should limit time spent outside.

Even healthy children and adults are advised to avoid strenuous outdoor activities until the air quality improves.

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