Grey sky and bright red sun over New York: ‘This is unprecedent’

Theres a grey veil over The Big Apple. The U.S. city of New York sighs under a terrible air quality on Wednesday because of the burnt particles of forest fires on the west coast of the US and Canada.

This includes the New York Post, the BBC and The Guardian.

โ€œThe smoke has gone thousands of miles east, causing a thick layer of dust across New York City,โ€ said the New York Post. The sun coloured bright red on Tuesday night.

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According to Berkeley Earth, air quality was at an index of 157, higher than 100 at which health damage occurred. The values peaked far above the World Health Organization figures that indicate what is healthy.

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Vulnerable people, such as pregnant women or the elderly, were warned that they may experience difficulty breathing. Also, throat irritation and watery eyes may occur.

83 wildfires

On the west coast in the United States, 83 wildfires spread across 13 states. Canada also has a hard time to deal with.

โ€œWe see that many fires produce a huge amount of smoke,โ€ says Meteorologist David Lawrence of the National Weather Service against USA Today. โ€œBy the time that smoke has reached the east, its usually diluted. But now theres just so much smoke in the atmosphere.โ€

No sight

โ€œThis is very unusual, I dont remember something like that,โ€ says Professor of Environmental Studies George Pope of Montclair State University against The Guardian. He cant see Manhattans high skyscrapers from his New Jersey home. โ€œYou can always see the skyline, at least a silhouette, even when its foggy. This is unseen.โ€

According to the very latest measurements, air quality seems to be slightly reduced, but no longer below critical levels.