We’ve been sweltering under a heat warning for 2 days already and now Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement.
The weather agency says possible high levels of air pollution are expected today and there could be the possibility of deteriorating air quality.
Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations this afternoon. Moderate risk Air quality heat index (AQHI) values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short-term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
If you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation, consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted. Exposure to air pollution is particularly a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly.
The heat warning continues with temperatures expected to reach up to 34 today. Afternoon humidex values are expected to peak in the high thirties to low forties.
Slightly cooler temperatures are then forecast for this weekend with a high of just 26 on Sunday.