The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently finished a major upgrade of its Air Quality Index website (AQI) — and it’s ready for the warm, summer recreation season.
Minnesotans interested in their air quality have always been able to get current conditions for selected cities through the AQI site. Five-day forecasts for the Twin Cities and Rochester have been available, too. But with the site’s new streamlined design, you have an even easier way to get all the information you need.
Air quality information on the go is right at your fingertips with the mobile app for smartphones.
The upgraded AQI website now offers estimated air quality conditions for nearly all parts of the state. And new tools allow users to dig deeper into the data using an interactive map, graphs, and daily and monthly data summaries.
The AQI provides real-time information to help you plan your outdoor activities to keep your family healthy by avoiding exposure to poor air quality. Stay informed by signing up to receive air quality forecasts and alerts by email or text through the Enviroflash system. Or if you’re a Twitter user, you can follow “@mpca_aqi.”
Elevated AQI levels can be trouble for people with lung or heart disease, older adults, children, and people participating in activities that require heavy or extended periods of exertion. So if you or your loved ones are concerned about the air quality when you’re out enjoying a summer day, you can breathe easier using Minnesota’s AQI.