Air quality affects how we live and breathe. Like the weather, it can change from day to day, or even hour to hour. Up-to-date information allows you to make decisions based on air quality forecasts.
Compared to other states around the country, Minnesota ranks high in overall air quality. Even so, every year there are a few days when air quality becomes unhealthy due to increased levels of fine particles or ozone.
During these days, the MPCA issues air quality alerts to inform you about what you can do to protect your health and tips for how you can reduce your contribution to air pollution.
Who should be concerned?
Breathing polluted air is unhealthy for everyone. But certain sensitive groups are especially at risk.
- People with heart or lung issues
- Older adults
- Active people of all ages who exercise or work vigorously outside.
Even people who are otherwise healthy may experience health effects when ozone or fine particle levels increase.
Bad air day? Sign up to find out.
It's easy to sign up for air quality alerts and forecasts via email.
Encourage the people around you to sign up, too — family and friends, community groups, businesses, doctors and nurses, health organizations, teachers and coaches, athletic groups.
Find out more about Minnesota's air quality alerts and forecasts.