Summer-like heat and smoke from Canadian wildfires return to Southern New England this week.
The high temperature in Providence should reach 80 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday and potentially challenge record highs for the date, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service said on social media, "Very warm (temperatures) Sunday across the central part of the country will stream into the Great Lakes (and New England) this upcoming week."
The high temperature in the Providence area should reach the low 70s Monday then Tuesday should bring the warmest temperatures of the week for Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, with highs in the low 80s, according to the weather service. The normal high temperature for early October is 65 to 70, the weather service says.
The record high for Tuesday's date, Oct. 3, in the Providence area is 83 degrees, set in 1919 and matched in 1922. The record high for Wednesday's date, Oct. 4, is 85 degrees, set in 1941 and matched in 1959.
Providence Air Quality
On Monday, the region "will see another day of milky haze across southern New England today with wildfire smoke moving through," the weather service said on social media.
Air quality will be acceptable but fine particles in the air could cause "a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution," according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Office of Air Resources.
This article originally appeared on The Providence Journal: RI Weather: Providence air quality impacted by Canadian wildfires