Air Quality Warning’s in place as wind shifts push smoke into NW areas

Heat, Fire Weather & Air Quality things to look for heading into Thursday
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 7:46 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Temperatures in Casper hit another record today, as the high hit 96 degrees beating the old record in 1988 at 94 degrees. The trend of above average temperatures continues; however, the good news is temperatures are not as high as they were on Tuesday. They still look to break records but is more manageable than the triple digits. With that, some areas are beginning to see the effects of a dips in the ridge thanks to the Low system that has moved south and has been stationary over the last 24hours. With this weak system, it has brought in temperatures in the Northern areas of Wyoming much relief opposed to Tuesday. Temperatures have been in the 80s more so for much of Wednesday.

The concern now however, is that the Robinson fire continues to burn with it’s smoke now being shifted into the NW areas of Wyoming creating the Air Quality warning through at least Noon on Thursday. Winds shifting north has prompted this change of smoke direction and has lowered the air quality to less than optimal. Be aware of this over the next couple of days, limit time outdoors and strenuous activities as well. If you have either an N-95 or P-100 mask wear them if you are a person at risk with the deteriorating conditions.

Tonight mostly clear conditions in Casper as clouds remain to hover around Fremont county and the rest of Western/ Northern Wyoming. Temperatures look to hit about 60 degrees to be the low. Tomorrow, an elevated fire risk continues for much of the Central and Northern areas of Wyoming. Critical conditions along the southern areas stretching from Carbon to Sweetwater counties. Furthering the news, temperatures look to remain above average and be into the mid-90s for Casper and much of the surrounding areas.

Looking Ahead: The dip in the ridge that will result from a trough will be brief but looks to bring relief to many areas as we head into the Weekend. Expect Sunday/Monday to be much cooler days and cloudier as well. Temps will rise back to Summer like feels throughout the rest of next week. So be prepared for a brief sigh of relief before more heat comes through. Good news is, the heat does not look to be as severe.

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