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The Haze Might Be Coming Back to Vancouver, Air Advisory Issued

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An air advisory has been issued for Metro Vancouver for August the 29th as warm temperatures react with toxins in the air.

Unfortunately, this news means that the haze that covered Vancouver in a dull greyish-brown blanket for weeks might return.

Air Advisory And Haze From Wildfire Smoke

While Vancouver’s skies are bright today, the wind only needs to change its path in order to bring smoke loaded with harmful fine particulate matter into the area.

When pollutants from burned fossil fuels react with very warm temperatures and sunlight the result is an excess production of ground-level ozone. The wildfires continue to rage in the interior and massive efforts are needed to combat the blaze.

The Government of Canada has advised the following:

“Avoid strenuous outdoor activities, particularly during mid-afternoon and early evening when ozone levels are highest. Exposure to ozone and fine particulate matter is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung disease, heart disease, diabetes or asthma. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow the advice of your healthcare provider. As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.”

Be prepared for the conditions to persist for at least the next 24 hours, and standby for further updates.

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