NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — Hazy skies have spread across the Gulf Coast as wildfire smoke from Canada moves into the region.

Air quality has worsened over the last 24 hours and is now in the “Orange” category, meaning it is unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as those with heart or lung issues. Smoke may linger for the next day or two.

High pressure across the region will give us a calm weather pattern for the next few days. Expect mostly clear conditions with high temperatures in the upper 80s through at least Thursday. Some locations may even still hit the low 90s, especially those farther inland. Overnight lows will be in the mid 60s north with low to mid 70s south.

Cloud cover is expected to build in Thursday as our next cold front approaches. A few showers will be possible as the front moves across the area on Friday, but rain chances will stay low at just around 30 percent.

Once the front clears, cooler and drier air is set to move in for the weekend. High temperatures will likely be in the upper 70s to low 80s with overnight lows in the 50s and 60s by Sunday morning.

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