CHS Pics | Grey smoke sun

Seattle’s layer of wildfire smoke is forecasted to be partly blown away by ocean winds Thursday night and into the weekend. But a fuzzy view from Volunteer Park might be something to get used to.

Some forecasts indicate the smoke will thicken again by Monday — and may even be worse than the dangerously low air quality we saw earlier this week.

Looking though Seattle’s haze, wildfires are only part of the problem, according to a report from Environment Washington:

With the Trump administration proposing to weaken federal air quality and global warming emissions standards, air pollution remains a threat to public health. According to a new report by Environment Washington Research & Policy Center 3.8 million people in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area experienced 26 days of degraded air quality in 2016, 250,000 people in Yakima experienced 84 days of degraded air quality, and 554,000 people in Spokane-Spokane Valley experienced 51 days of degraded air quality, increasing the risk of premature death, asthma attacks and other adverse health impacts.

The full, sad report is here.

Celebrate while you can still breathe. Volunteer Park hosts GreenStage this weekend including a performance of The Three Musketeers Thursday night, Henry IV Friday night, and a presentation of Backyard Bard Saturday afternoon.

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