GREEN BAY – Meteorologists say hazy skies over northeastern and central Wisconsin will make for picturesque sunrises and sunsets this week, but they won’t affect health or weather.
Smoke from wildfires burning in Ontario and Manitoba, Canada, are being blown over the Great Lakes region. Meteorologists said residents living in northern parts of the state can expect the haze to stick around until a cold front moves through Thursday.
“It makes for a nice sunrise and sunset,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Tasos Kallas. “It’s not thick on the ground, but you can see it in the area. That milky color, that’s all the smoke you’re seeing outside.”
Kallas said the smoke is high off the ground, so it should have minimal health effects. He added that the haze won’t influence the weather.
“It might knock a degree or two off the high temperature and add a degree or two to the low temperatures, but that’s about the gist of it,” he said. “It depends on the thickness of the smoke.”
While the summer began with hot, humid temperatures, Kallas said he’s not expecting the wildfire season in Wisconsin to be worse than past years.
“I can’t say if it’s average or below average, but I don’t see anything that’s pointing toward an outrageous fire season,” he said. “If August comes around and it gets totally dry, it’s conceivable, but with the ways things are the ground is pretty saturated.”
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