Lower Mainland air quality levels among the worst in recent years

Posted August 21, 2018

Smoky conditions are expected to persist into Tuesday with some clearing on Wednesday when a westerly flow will clear things up later in the week, according to Global BC's chief meteorologist Mark Madryga. Over the last week, all three Prairie provinces have been under special air quality statements for high smoke concentrations.

The system even allows you to check on individual components of the air quality index such as ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particle pollution which is what is found in wildfire smoke.

Air quality statements have been issued for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, as well as northwestern Ontario. The advisory runs through 5 p.m. on Wednesday. "Purple is very unhealthy and purple is hazardous". Check the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's website for the most recent conditions.

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"The millions of vehicles on Bay Area roads during these hot summer months create unhealthy air quality and make breathing more hard for many", said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the air district.

The poor air quality has also been affecting air travel in the province's interior.

Thick smoke from wildfires raging in British Columbia, Canada, and in the eastern portion of the state started to spread into Western Washington on Sunday.

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While he can't say if the current air quality is the worst ever seen in the region, Ries says the current levels are among the worst recorded with modern equipment.

Environmental regulators also issued a pollution advisory for southwest Washington, Portland and much of the Willamette Valley.

Air quality has fluctuated Monday from moderate to unhealthy.

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