Smoke from B.C., California impacting Calgary’s air quality

Pictured is Calgary's skyline viewed from Shaganappi Point on Monday, August 17, 2020.

Smoke from wildfires in B.C. and California is negatively impacting Calgary’s air quality and posing a risk for those with heart and lung conditions.

Environment Canada expected the

city’s air quality health index

to peak at a level four on Friday, meaning the smoke poses a moderate risk. The remainder of the weekend will see smoke levels sitting between two and three on the index, meaning there’s a low risk the smoke will impact health issues.

Wildfire smoke in B.C. and California is on the move,” Environment Canada said on social media Thursday afternoon. “

The air quality could worsen in the coming days in parts of (Alberta) 

as the weather pattern responsible for the transport of this smoke will continue into next week.”

Meteorologists from the government agency said the sky is already hazy in parts of southern Alberta and the air might begin to smell like smoke.

The general population isn’t advised to reschedule their outdoor activities but should be aware of symptoms associated with air pollution sensitivity, including coughing, difficulty breathing and throat irritation.

Those with existing illnesses should exercise caution.

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