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How wildfire smoke will affect Indiana this weekend | WTHR Weather Blog

13News is tracking haze over central Indiana and found it's not the only reason you may want to stay indoors this weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis skyline is hazy again due to wildfire smoke out of Canada. 

This increase in smoke across Indiana is creating particulates and ozone levels to become unhealthy for sensitive groups.

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Hazy Indy skies from wildfire smoke.

The current upper-level wind flow, that has been persistent for the past several days, is carrying the smoke out of eastern Canada, and across the eastern half of the U.S., cities like New York and Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. are under a Code Red Air Quality alert due to dense to extra dense smoke.  

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Forecasted smoke over Indiana for Thursday.

Another reason you may want to stay indoors today is if you suffer from allergies. The stretch of sunny, warm and mainly dry weather is leading to high grass and tree pollen counts.  

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Forecasted pollen count for June 8, 2023.

Hazy, wildfire smoke-filled skies will likely continue throughout tomorrow before changes arrive this weekend.  

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Friday smoke forecast for June 8, 2023.

Much-needed rainfall is expected to arrive on Sunday as a low pressure system slides across the region. Rain will become more likely by the evening.  

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WTHR has the Sunday forecast for June 8, 2023.

While higher amounts will likely fall farther west, central Indiana could see between a quarter to three quarters of an inch of rainfall. 

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Weekend forecast potential the week of July 8, 2023.

Highs will return to the low to mid-80s this weekend. After the cold front passes Sunday night, temperatures will fall below average.  

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