Hazardous air quality, decreased visibility expected this weekend near Kilauea’s East Rift Zone

In this Thursday, May 24, 2018 photo, residents and members of the media are silhouetted as active lava fissures near what is now the end of Leilani Street continue to spew forth lava at Leilani Estates near Pahoa, Hawaii. (George F. Lee/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

The National Weather Service reported Friday afternoon that trade winds will be slowing over the weekend, creating hazardous air quality and decreased visibility conditions throughout the lower east rift zone. Volcanic gases, vog and ash emissions may increase over the weekend with higher levels of sulfur dioxide pooling in areas down wind of the vents.