New York City topped the list of the world’s worst air pollution Tuesday morning as harmful smoke wafted south from more than a hundred wildfires burning in Quebec.

Smoke from Canada’s fires has periodically engulfed the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic for more than a week, raising concerns over the harms of persistent poor air quality. New York City’s air quality index peaked above 150 on Tuesday, according to IQair – a level of pollution that is “unhealthy” for sensitive groups like the elderly, young children and those with respiratory issues.

New York City has the world’s worst air pollution due to wildfire smoke from Quebec. The city’s air quality index peaked above 150, considered unhealthy.

New York City was still among the top five cities with the worst air pollution in the world Tuesday afternoon, IQair reported.

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