While many have enjoyed this week’s soaring temperatures, the air outside has become a danger to some.
An air smoke advisory has been issued for Vancouver as of Tuesday, August 1st. The issue was made based on the latest information regarding the amount of pollutants created when the fine particulate matter from fires reacts with the extremely warm temperatures.
While the forest fires are burning many miles away, the pollutants travel these great distances via wind currents down to Metro Vancouver.
The current conditions are expected to last several days, and will only change with a decisive change in the weather.
Normally, wind currents blow out from the coastal region to the interior; however, the opposite is occurring at moment and hence why the debris is traveling to the Lower Mainland.
The Government of Canada made this statement regarding safety precautions:
Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. 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.
This is the second time in two weeks that there has been an air advisory for Metro Vancouver.
Be prepared for the conditions to persist for at least the next couple of days, and standby for further updates.