Air Monitoring Data & AQI

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

Issued: Thursday, July 29, 2021, 2:30 PM

Thursday, scattered showers and thunderstorms will enhance dispersion, especially in southeastern Louisiana. However, periods of sun and temperatures in the mid-90s will promote ozone formation. In addition, regional wildfire smoke will keep particle levels elevated, leading to Moderate AQI levels. Friday and Saturday, only isolated thunderstorms are expected. In addition, lingering smoke and temperatures in the mid- to upper-90s will enhance ozone formation. As a result, AQI levels will be mid- to high-Moderate on both days.

Baton Rouge

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 77 - Moderate 80 - Moderate 93 - Moderate
PM25 55 - Moderate 53 - Moderate 55 - Moderate

Alexandria

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 42 - Good 46 - Good 49 - Good
PM25 57 - Moderate 59 - Moderate 57 - Moderate

Lake Charles

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 61 - Moderate 74 - Moderate 80 - Moderate
PM25 63 - Moderate 50 - Good 53 - Moderate

Lafayette

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 54 - Moderate 51 - Moderate 51 - Moderate
PM25 53 - Moderate 50 - Good 50 - Good

Monroe

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 42 - Good 47 - Good 51 - Moderate
PM25 57 - Moderate 55 - Moderate 59 - Moderate

New Orleans

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 51 - Moderate 84 - Moderate 100 - Moderate
PM25 55 - Moderate 53 - Moderate 53 - Moderate

Shreveport

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 47 - Good 51 - Moderate 58 - Moderate
PM25 59 - Moderate 55 - Moderate 57 - Moderate

Thibodaux

Thursday Friday Saturday
Ozone 61 - Moderate 64 - Moderate 67 - Moderate
PM25 53 - Moderate 50 - Good 50 - Good

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.