New year, same air quality issues

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by Meteorologist Royal Norman

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azfamily.com

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 9:46 PM

PHOENIX -- For the second straight year, we'll ring in the New Year holiday under a "No Burn Day" as issued by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. We started off 2013 with a "No Burn Day" and that's the way we're going to start 2014.

In the past 10 days, we've had "No Burn Days" issued on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and, now, for New Year's Day. Officials say our particulate levels spike as folks use their fireplaces this time of year.

There is a difference between the start of 2013 and 2014. We started 2013 with highs only in the 50s, quite chilly, while Wednesday we're looking at highs in the low 70s. In fact, a very quiet weather pattern is going to bring us highs in the 70s into next week with no chance for rain.

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