AUSTIN (KXAN) - Take a look at Austin's skyline and you'll notice it is pretty hazy Saturday afternoon. It's all because of agricultural burning in Mexico and Central America. Breezy southerly winds are helping pull the smoke into Central Texas.
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The yearly burning of brush and trees allows farmers to clear land and also brings smoky air to Central Texas. At times the smoke can be so thick you can smell it.
The haze is affecting much central and eastern Texas. Saturday's Air Quality Index is in the moderate category. Those who are unusually sensitive to the air quality should considering limiting any prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors.
The haze is expected to linger over the weekend and with hot and dry conditions over the Yucatan Peninsula over the next several days, farmers are likely to continue burning fields.
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