Metro Vancouver, in cooperation with Environment Canada, the Fraser Valley Regional District and the B.C. Environment Ministry, is continuing an air quality advisory. Air quality in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regional district has deteriorated due to high smog levels brought on by very hot and sunny weather.
Poor air quality will persist until at least Friday when the ridge of high pressure weakens, allowing cooler air to move in and disperse the pollutants.
An unusually long heat-wave across the south coast of British Columbia has begun. Temperatures will climb into the mid-to upper 30s by Wednesday and computer models suggest the heat-wave may last 5 to 6 days. Many daily temperature records will be broken and possibly monthly temperature records as well.
There are 3 issues of concern:
Coping with the Heat
Environment Canada and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) are reminding British Columbians to take certain precautions to protect themselves from the heat, including:
There are a variety of mild to severe symptoms linked with heat-related illness, including thirst, dizziness, confusion, weakness and fainting/collapsing. These are especially likely to occur in the elderly and in persons with chronic conditions who are exposed to the heat.
Coping with Poor Air Quality
Air pollution can contribute to negative health effects ranging from increased respiratory symptoms to hospitalizations and premature deaths. According to health researchers, children, the elderly and people with a pre-existing cardiac or respiratory illness are most at risk.
As the air quality deteriorates you may consider reducing or rescheduling or avoiding strenuous activities outdoors especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
Source: Environment Canada