Storms target eastern Prairies, heavy rain and hail possible
Alerts in Effect
Special Air Quality StatementIssued at 22:53 Wednesday 12 August 2020
Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.
Possible high levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires are expected tonight into Thursday. Smoke plumes moving over Ontario from forest fires near Red Lake and Fort Hope will likely affect nearby regions. Air quality may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.
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 be harmful to your health.
For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.
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.
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.