Heat warnings blanket Prairies, B.C., amid dangerous air quality
Alerts in Effect
Special Air Quality StatementIssued at 14:53 Sunday 01 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.
In addition, above normal temperatures are expected through the weekend and into next week. The smoke and high temperatures may combine to bring further health stress to some individuals.
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 15:26 Sunday 01 August 2021
Unseasonably hot temperatures continue through most of Saskatchewan through the long weekend. Temperatures towards the Alberta border will be particularly hot with daytime temperatures in the low thirties and 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.