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Hazy, smoky skies continue with Air Quality Warning in place

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MADISON (WKOW) - Hazy skies from wild fire smoke gave us filtered sunshine today.

A high amount of Canadian wildfire smoke has been invading the state of Wisconsin since yesterday. High to medium amounts of smoke will continue to drift through tonight into tomorrow morning. However by tomorrow afternoon skies should clear as the smoke moves out of the area.

An Air Quality Alert remains in place for the whole region, in effect until Noon on Sunday.

The air has been deemed "unhealthy" for "sensitive groups" being: the elderly, the young, those with cardiac and respiratory issues, etc. Smoke will likely be thicker, with poorer air quality to the very north of the state and west.

Our current weather pattern is leading to the invasion of thick smoke once again, due to the winds switching westward Saturday. The westerly winds are transporting the smoke.

A cold front will pull through this evening leading to a chance of a few-isolated showers and weak storms.

The day has been pleasant with filtered sunshine and slightly below average temperatures.

Sunday brings highs in the upper 70s under mostly sunny skies. It looks to be a pleasant day! The week ahead starts out fairly mild, with highs returning to the 80s mid-week. Dry weather is expected until Friday at the earliest.

Bob Lindmeier

Chief meteorologist, WKOW

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