Seattle’s air quality is the worst among major cities in world

SEATTLE — Seattle’s air quality is the worst among the world’s major cities as of Saturday night, according to IQ Air, which tracks levels around the world.

The city’s air quality hit an “unhealthy” rating of 190 as of 5:45 p.m. Saturday, giving Seattle the worst rating in the world. Lahore, Pakistan has the second worst air quality rating with a rating of 176. “Unhealthy” air quality scores range from 150 to 200, according to IQ Air, before reaching “very unhealthy” between 201 and 300. An air quality level above 300 is considered dangerous.

The air is thick and visibility is poor around Puget Sound. Much of our area is on an air quality alert due to these fires, which could cause health problems for those with respiratory problems.

But that didn’t stop many from going out and enjoying their Saturday anyway.

Kerry Park in Seattle is usually known for being picture perfect.

“I saw the viewpoint photos online and thought it looked like a great view of the city was taken from here and I was expecting it to be a lot clearer than this so yes the smoke is clearly visible” , said Marshall Max, who was visiting Kerry Park in Seattle on Saturday from the UK.

Despite the smoke, many visitors, including Max, are still enjoying the sights.

“We’re going to get some, we’re going to get some, still nice to have it for the memory bank, but it ended up not being exactly like Google,” Max said.

KING 5 didn’t have to google how long this smoke will last in Seattle. KING 5 just asked our own morning meteorologist, Rich Marriott.

“When we arrive tomorrow we’ll see some cleaner air coming up the coast, not really inland, but it’ll stop bringing smoke here,” Marriott said. “We will likely achieve moderate air quality by tomorrow during the day, which is a huge improvement from today, and we should return to good air quality by Monday.”

With a breath of fresh air on the horizon, Marriott confirmed Saturday was the worst smoke western Washington has encountered this year, with some areas in Puget Sound ranging from unhealthy for sensitive groups to unhealthy for everyone. But he was hopeful we’ll have a scenic end to wildfire season.

“Hopefully that’s that for us for the summer and we got off pretty easy this summer with just one episode and really a short one,” Marriott said. “But we still have a bit of September left and it’s still wildfire season, so we’ll see.” Seattle’s air quality is the worst among major cities in world

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