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Air quality wind-dependent

By James Bennett

Today's air quality in Shepparton will depend on northerly wind conditions, according to the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.

Shepparton has spent the past few days under a blanket of smoke caused by bushfires in eastern Victoria.

The News previously reported AirVisual was predicting a ‘very unhealthy’ status; however, at 3 pm yesterday that prediction had been downgraded to ‘unhealthy'.

On Monday, Shepparton's air quality was listed as ‘hazardous'.

The EPA said wind conditions from the north would determine air quality in the Goulburn Valley today and for the rest of the week.

“Conditions are likely to be clearing in the Shepparton area due to moderate southerly winds dispersing smoke and replacing the flow that has been bringing smoke from the fire complexes,” an EPA spokesperson said.

“Those southerlies are likely to prevail until early Thursday morning, when a north-easterly wind shift will potentially bring in smoke from the fires in NSW.

“Based on current information, smoke is likely to clear late on Friday and into Saturday, as a cold front brings in stronger south-westerly winds.”

The Vic Emergency app issued an alert yesterday, warning: "Over the next few days poor to hazardous air quality is likely. Smoke from NSW and Kangaroo Island may arrive on Friday.”

People are advised to check the EPA AirWatch website at www.epa.vic.gov.au/for-community/airwatch for the most up-to-date information.