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R.M. of Wood Buffalo near Gipsy Lake and Whitemud Falls

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Special Weather Statement

Issued at 10:10 Wednesday 04 May 2016
Summary

Temperatures in eastern and southern Alberta will remain well above normal today. Over western Alberta temperatures will begin to cool as a cold front enters the province. The cold front will bring relief to the rest of the province Thursday.

These conditions pose a health risk when you are not used to the heat.

Everyone is at risk from heat, especially older adults; infants and young children; and people with chronic illnesses.

You are advised to (1) drink plenty of cool liquids before feeling thirsty; and (2) keep cool by dressing for the weather and spending a few hours each day in a cool place.

Issued by Environment Canada in collaboration with Alberta Health.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ABStorm.

Special Air Quality Statement

Issued at 10:20 Wednesday 04 May 2016
Summary

Smoke from a wildfire in the vicinity of Fort McMurray is producing poor air quality and reduced visibilities in some areas. Smoke near the ground is causing very high health risk conditions.

Hot and dry weather conditions are forecast into Thursday. High levels of particulate matter may persist locally until the fire is extinguished or controlled.

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.

Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada



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