Students in New York City have been advised to remain home one more day as the city continues to be engulfed in smoke from Canadian wildfires.
Instead pupils are being asked to study from home.
A spokesperson for NYC Public Schools wrote: “Friday, June 9 will be a remote-instruction day for the students who were scheduled to be at our schools.
“Additionally, it will be another remote-work day for staff—including school-based, district, and central staff.”
The smoke blanket enveloping broad swaths of the US should last into Thursday and maybe the weekend because meteorological systems are predicted to barely shift.
US National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Ramsey said: “Conditions are likely to remain unhealthy, at least until the wind direction changes or the fires get put out.
“Since the fires are raging — they’re really large — they’re probably going to continue for weeks. But it’s really just going be all about the wind shift.”
Officials have extended “Code Red” air quality advisories in some areas for a third consecutive day, warning residents to reduce or avoid outdoor activities.
According to the Norwegian Climate and Environmental Research Institute, the smoke has been moving over Greenland and Iceland since June 1 and was forecast to arrive in Norway on Thursday, although it wasn’t anticipated to pose a health risk.
The N95 masks, which were widely used at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, would be made available to a million state sites, including 400,000 in New York City, according to New York Governor Kathy Hochul. She also asked the populace to remain put.
Similar measures have been implemented in other smog-affected cities.
On Thursday, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., ordered all schools to cancel outdoor recess, sports, and field trips.
Officials established an emergency shelter in suburban Philadelphia so that those who live outside can seek protection from the pollution.