Air Quality Forecast

Air quality forecasts are issued every day of the year for the Birmingham area and are based on the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a color-coded scale that reports how clean or polluted the air is and the associated health effects.

The Jefferson County Department of Health forecasts fine particles (PM2.5) year-round and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management forecasts Ozone (O3) during the warm season.

An Air Quality Alert is issued when the AQI is forecast to reach 101 or higher. The public is encouraged to decrease their personal emissions on days with higher pollution levels.

Mon Feb 18, 2019
Tue Feb 19, 2019
Saturday-Monday: A cold front will push through the area on Friday night with rainfall ending by dawn. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy throughout the rest of the day. On Sunday, a shortwave will eject out of the Plains and will pull the frontal boundary back north and then back south through the area. This will lead to a very rainy day. Skies will be overcast on Monday with a much less chance for rainfall with the frontal boundary sliding south of the area. Winds will be northerly at 5-10 mph on Saturday, east to southeast then west to northwest at 5-15 mph on Sunday, and north to northeast at 5-10 mph on Monday. High temperatures each day will be in the 60s. PM2.5 is expected to be in the green range through Monday. ML
Tuesday: A system ejecting out of the Rockies will pull Gulf moisture northward into the area. This will lead to overcast skies and rainfall, especially during the second half of the day. Surface high pressure to the northeast of the area will create cold air damning down the Appalachians and will keep temperatures in the 40s. Winds will be from the east to northeast at 10-20 mph with higher gusts possible. These weather conditions will keep PM2.5 concentrations in the green range. ML
Daily Air Quality Index Report
February 17, 2019
Particulate Matter 2.5  

Pollutant AQI Value

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Phone Recording: (205) 933-0583

Central Health Center
(Guy M. Tate)

1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Programs and Clinics
(205) 933-9110
Eastern Health Center
601 West Blvd Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Programs and Clinics
(205) 591-5180
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Hwy
Midfield, AL 35228
Programs and Clinics
(205) 715-6121

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