Smoke drifting in from wildfires in B.C. is in the air throughout the foothills today, Saturday Sept. 2.
According to Environment Canada it's creating hazy conditions which will continue throughout the day.
However, a southwest wind is expected to push the smoke out overnight with sunny conditions returning Sunday.
It's still supposed to be hot and humid with Saturday's high reaching 32 and with a Humidex of 34.
The air quality has also been affected resulting in Environment Canada releasing a special 'air quality statement' for Calgary.
Special air quality statement in effect for:
- City of Calgary
Smoke is drifting over the Rockies, causing poor air quality and reduced visibility at times, due to elevated values of fine particulate matter.
Air quality and visibility due to wildfire smoke can fluctuate over short distances and can vary considerably from hour to hour.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.
If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can harm your health. For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.
For more information please visit Alberta Health Services at www.albertahealthservices.ca/news/air.aspx.
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