Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality said Monday morning air quality has improved in the Treasure Valley to the point where the projected orange air quality level has been upgraded to a yellow alert.
That's good news for anyone who wanted to be outside Monday. An orange alert means that means people in sensitive groups, including those with respiratory conditions, heart disease, the elderly and children, should limit time outdoors. A yellow alert means that most people will be OK, with the exception of people who have respiratory problems.
The air quality index for Monday is expected to be 85. Anything over 100 moves air quality into the orange level, like on Saturday, when the AQI was 125, mostly because because of smoke from nearby wildfires.
Temperatures will rise into the mid-90s early in the week before a dry cold front comes through Tuesday night. The highs for the week: Monday, 94; Tuesday, 96; Wednesday, 84; Thursday, 85; and Friday, 85.