Air quality remains a serious health risk in B.C. from wildfire smoke
Alerts in Effect
Special Air Quality StatementIssued at 15:01 Monday 02 August 2021
Smoke from forest fires scattered across central Saskatchewan is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility at times near and downwind from these fires over central and east central areas of the province. Light winds tonight will keep this smoke trapped near the surface and limit any dispersion of the smoke. Northeast winds will develop late tonight and Tuesday and this will push this smoke southward into the northern grainbelt leading to poor air quality late tonight and Tuesday for that area as well.
Hazy conditions will persist over the remainder of southern Saskatchewan due mainly to smoke aloft that has drifted in from fires over BC. However air quality is not expected to be significantly reduced with this smoke remaining well above the surface.
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.
Please call HealthLine 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with air quality.
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.
Heat WarningIssued at 15:20 Monday 02 August 2021
Unseasonably hot temperatures continue through most of Saskatchewan as the end of the long weekend draws near. Daytime temperatures will hover in the low to mid thirties with overnight lows staying in the teens. Some of the heat warnings currently in effect may continue past the long weekend, through to mid week.
In addition, smoke from wild fires may affect air quality at times. The smoke and high temperatures may combine to bring further health stress on some individuals.
Extreme heat affects everyone.
Please call HealthLine 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with heat.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to SKstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #SKStorm.