Air quality improves in Portland metro area

The DEQ's air quality index is "good" again

Portland air looks much more clear on August 5 than in the previous few days due to wind blowing the smoke out of the Willamette Valley. (Eastside Exchange web camera)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) —  The air quality in the Portland metro area has improved significantly since Friday afternoon.

The difference is visible to anyone taking a look outside, but the proof is in the numbers from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the air quality index was “good” once again after 2 days of “unhealthy” numbers. 

This is good news, especially for people with heart and lung conditions. But the DEQ said conditions can change quickly so keep checking the index before you spend time outside.

The DEQ’s “smoke forecast” for Saturday predicts improved air with wind blowing smoke away from the Willamette Valley. Smoke make stick around or return to eastern Oregon.

Porltland Parks and Recreation said outdoor pools would reopen Saturday at their regular times.

The heat, on the the other hand, isn’t going anywhere. Overnight lows Friday into Saturday were cool, but Saturday calls for a high of 90 degrees. The area could hit a record number of 90+ degree days in a row. The National Weather Service also said it will be Portland’s 50th consecutive dry day.

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