Environment Canada has issued another air advisory for Metro Vancouver as warm temperatures react with toxins in the air.
As such, many residents may experience lung irritation as a result smog combing with warm weather. Smog is formed when nitrogen oxides (pollutants emitted when fuels are burned) and volatile organic compounds (emitted from solvents) react in the air in the presence of sunlight.
What’s more, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, Maple Ridge, and Pitt Meadows are particularly affected by the smog.
Further, the area has also been issued a heat warning. Hot weather is expected again for the South Coast until the weekend.
Maximum temperatures will climb into the low to mid thirties with highs in the upper twenties closer to the water.
Metro Vancouver Air Advisory
Special air quality statement in effect for:
- Metro Vancouver NE
- Metro Vancouver SE
What’s more, people should avoid strenuous outdoor activities during mid-afternoon to early evening. This is when when ozone levels are highest.
In addition, exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease and asthma.
As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Specifically, indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.
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