The National Weather Service says the coronivirus pandemic has created a “new normal” for California’s air quality, forcing the state to adopt a range of measures to protect against pollution.
In a report released Thursday, the weather service warned that the threat of a third-wave pandemic had increased.
The current outbreak is the worst in the state since 1999, when the World Trade Center bombing was carried out.
The virus has killed an estimated 12,000 people, forced the closure of hundreds of schools and caused a million deaths worldwide.
The National Weather Forecast Center, which provides forecasts for California and its neighbors, released a forecast for the next three days for the Sacramento area.
It includes a high of 54 degrees on Thursday and a low of 37 degrees on Friday.
But the center said that even with these temperatures, California could face “slightly worse than average” conditions.
The center’s advisory comes as the state’s largest air pollution monitoring system has come under scrutiny.
The California Air Resources Board has said the system needs upgrades, and the board is scheduled to meet next week.
The board, which regulates emissions from the state, is currently considering whether to require the state air quality agency to conduct annual tests of the system’s monitoring devices.
The California Air Resource Board is currently weighing whether to enact a requirement that the state use an electronic, tamper-proof, device to automatically check for carbon monoxide.
In addition, the state is considering whether or not to establish a carbon dioxide emissions reduction plan.
A new report from the Los Angeles County Air Resources Control Board said the state will face an additional $30 billion in costs by 2040 to address air pollution.
The report said the costs are likely to rise because of the increase in emissions from non-power plants, the loss of air traffic, the increased use of coal-fired power plants, and carbon monio, or carbon dioxide, emissions.
The report said that, with California’s population expected to increase by 10 million people by 2030, air pollution will increase at a greater rate than it did in the 1980s, and that air pollution was expected to exceed particulate matter in 2030.
The L.A. County board, meanwhile, said the current climate poses the greatest threat to the state.