Air quality – degraded for days by wildfire smoke – is likely to improve by Tuesday as wind direction changes and a chance of rain descends on the central San Joaquin Valley, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.
Smoke from the Northern California wildfires has created breathing hazards for older adults, children and those with respiratory illnesses, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District said.
The air quality alert in effect for Fresno, Kings, Tulare, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties will expire Tuesday, as conditions improve.
A change in wind direction on Tuesday will help clear the smoke pollution in the skies, said meteorologist Christine Riley with the weather service.
Fresno will start out the week with slightly above average temperatures in the mid 80s, but will drop 10 degrees by Thursday when the high is set for 74.
The Valley might also see rain at the end of the week, “but it’s hard to say” how much, if any, Riley said. Fresno could get up to a quarter of an inch, and most likely on Friday.
While the likelihood of rain is still uncertain for the central San Joaquin Valley, Northern California is expected to get wet, which will also help quell the bad air.