Air Monitoring Data & AQI

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Ozone and PM2.5 Air Quality Index (AQI) Forecast

Issued: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 2:30 PM

Thursday and Friday, increasing clouds will reduce ozone formation; however, light to moderate southeasterly winds will develop, bringing smoke from the Gulf into Louisiana and increasing particle concentrations. As a result, AQI levels will be high-Good to low-Moderate on both days. Saturday, cloudy skies will continue to inhibit ozone formation throughout Louisiana; however, generally light winds at the surface will reduce pollutant dispersion. As a result, AQI levels will be low-Moderate in most cities.

Baton Rouge

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 71 - Moderate 50 - Good 50 - Good
PM25 53 - Moderate 57 - Moderate 59 - Moderate


Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 43 - Good 41 - Good 43 - Good
PM25 46 - Good 53 - Moderate 55 - Moderate

Lake Charles

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 50 - Good 49 - Good 48 - Good
PM25 53 - Moderate 57 - Moderate 61 - Moderate


Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 51 - Moderate 49 - Good 48 - Good
PM25 53 - Moderate 57 - Moderate 59 - Moderate


Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 46 - Good 42 - Good 41 - Good
PM25 42 - Good 50 - Good 53 - Moderate

New Orleans

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 47 - Good 49 - Good 50 - Good
PM25 50 - Good 53 - Moderate 57 - Moderate


Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 45 - Good 42 - Good 40 - Good
PM25 38 - Good 50 - Good 50 - Good


Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 61 - Moderate 49 - Good 49 - Good
PM25 57 - Moderate 61 - Moderate 61 - Moderate

More Information About Understanding AQI Information

The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or unhealthy your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing unhealthy air. The following chart provides information regarding the AQI determinations:

Category AQI Value What This Means
Good 0-50 Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.
Moderate 51-100 Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 101-150 Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is not likely to be affected.
Unhealthy 151-200 Everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.
Very Unhealthy 201-300 Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.
Hazardous 301-500 Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

Any questions about interpreting this monitoring data should be directed to the DEQ Customer Services Section at 1-866-896-5337.

TO REPORT ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, INCLUDING ODORS, CONTACT THE DEQ SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT (SPOC) - 225-219-3640 or Toll Free 1-888-763-5424. In the event of an environmental emergency, citizens are encouraged to first contact their local authorities - police, sheriff, fire department, etc. Otherwise citizens and the regulated community can contact the SPOC line to report environmental concerns during business hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the number listed above. To report a concern outside of business hours call 225-342-1234 or the toll free number. Concerns include spills, releases, odors, fish kills, open burning, waste tires and any other types of environmental incidents. Citizens can report the incident online.

The data has not been quality reviewed or validated. Continuous PM2.5 readings shown are not NAAQS comparable.