Air Quality Forecast

DNREC provides regular air quality forecasts and an air quality index to help you know if you need to take precautions. To sign up for air quality email alerts, simply send us a blank email and we’ll add you to the list.

The Forecast

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Ozone Action Day? No

Forecast Discussion:
Friday, May 20: An upper-level ridge of high pressure approaching Delaware will reduce atmospheric mixing and produce partly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80s. These conditions will aid ground-level ozone formation. In addition, south-southeasterly afternoon winds will bring thin-density smoke into the state, contributing to ozone precursors. As a result, AQI levels will be Moderate. Saturday, as the upper-level ridge moves east of the state, mixing will continue to be hindered. Furthermore, mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-90s will enhance ozone development, while light southwesterly winds will limit dispersion and gradually transport additional smoke into Delaware. These conditions will lead to high-Moderate AQI levels. Sunday, mixing will increase as a cold front approaches the First State. Additionally, moderate and gusty southwesterly winds will aid dispersion. However, partly sunny skies and temperatures in the low-90s will continue to support ozone formation, resulting in Moderate AQI levels.

Updated: 05/19/2022

May 19, 2022
Ozone: 58

May 20, 2022
Ozone: 67

The Air Quality Partnership of Delaware

DNREC is a member of the Air Quality Partnership of Delaware, which is a public/private coalition of businesses, agencies, and individuals interested in clean air. The mission of this partnership is to raise awareness and inform Delawareans about practices that improve air quality and citizen health.

You Can Help Keep Our Air Clean

Ride DART First State. Don’t know what bus route to ride, or what time to be at the bus stop? Visit DART’s website or call 1-800-652-DART in New Castle and Kent Counties, and 1-800-553-DART in Sussex County.

Carpool with friends and/or coworkers. To find a carpool partner or if you already ride the bus/train, and want to register for our Home Free Guarantee, call RideShare Delaware at 1-888-RIDE-MATCH or visit

Limit daytime driving and combine errands.

When you must drive, try to avoid congested periods.

Maintain your vehicle’s emission control equipment.

Walk or ride a bicycle for short, easy trips.

Postpone the use of gasoline-powered mowers until evening.

Refuel your car in the evening – and don’t top off your tank.

Avoid lighting your barbecue with starter fluid.

Avoid prolonged idling and jackrabbit starts.

Use latex rather than oil-based paints.

Ground-level ozone is a real threat to our health because it reacts with sensitive lung tissue, causing harmful changes in breathing passages. Children, the elderly and individuals with respiratory diseases are especially harmed by ozone. Even healthy individuals can be harmed if they attempt strenuous activity on days with high ozone…those days should be used for inside low physical stress activity.

Remember, this may seem like a small contribution by you as an individual, but if we can get solid public involvement, working together we CAN make a real difference!

Any health related questions should be directed to the Division of Public Health at 302-744-4700. All other questions should be directed to the Division of Air Quality at 302-739-9402.

Also, if you’re interested in seeing hourly monitoring data of ozone and other air pollutants visit the Delaware Air Quality Monitoring Network website.