Bad air quality streak to end Wednesday after nearly 20 days of Spare the Air alerts in Bay Area

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Monday, August 31, 2020
Bad air quality streak set to end Wednesday
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Bad air relief? Bay Area may finally get a break Wednesday before the potential for unhealthy air returns this weekend due to soaring temperatures, says Meteorologist Mike Nicco.

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- First came the heat, then came the wildfires, prompting the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to declare Spare the Air alerts for nearly 20 straight days.

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"Welcome to our 18th consecutive Spare the Air day," said ABC7 News meteorologist Mike Nicco. "There will be a concentration of smoke everywhere Monday, a little less as you head into the South Bay."

The Bay Area will wake up to unhealthy air Tuesday, especially in the North Bay.

"But as the air becomes a little more erratic, we will have more pockets of unhealthy air Tuesday afternoon instead of it being widespread," said Nicco.

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Nicco says the air quality is expected to improve on Wednesday when a high pressure system starts to take over.

"The sea breeze is also going to kick in a little bit on Wednesday into Thursday," said Nicco. "Those two days look to be our coolest and likely our cleanest days."

Unfortunately, Nicco's Accuweather forecast shows the potential for unhealthy air this weekend.

"On Saturday, temperatures are expected to soar, well above average, from 70 in San Francisco to a sprinkling of 100s inland. Triple digit temperatures spread Sunday for our hottest day," said Nicco. "Even though we cool a little bit on Monday for Labor Day, it is still going to be warmer than average."

The Bay area has been in a haze for weeks.

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A late summer heat wave arrived in full force in mid August, prompting the Spare the Air streak to begin on August 14.

Things escalated when a fierce summer storm packed a punch, bringing a non-stop lightning show to all parts of the Bay Area.

Firefighters say all that lightning combined with extreme heat sparked multiple wildfires. The first Spare the Air day from the fires started August 18.

Check here to see how long Spare the Air Alerts will be in effect.

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