Unhealthy air quality in Lima

LIMA—Air quality in Lima is unhealthy today due to the presence of inhalable pollutants from wildfire smoke that drifted from Canada into the U.S. this week.

Lima’s air quality index hit 153 Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Air Quality Index.

Prolonged exposure to particulate matter and fine particulate matter, otherwise known as particle pollution, can cause difficulty breathing and throat irritation even in healthy individuals who should limit time outdoors when AQI exceeds 150.

Children and people with asthma, COPD and other heart or respiratory conditions who are more sensitive to poor air quality are at greater risk of exposure to these pollutants and may have trouble breathing immediately.

Lima’s air quality will likely remain poor or unhealthy through at least Saturday, according to AccuWeather.