Summary: According to our SPN weather monitoring tool, temperatures have returned to normal. According to the Wind forecasting tool on SPN, the winds are not expected to change direction for another week or so, so the smoky skies warnings will continue. You can see these tools below, or visit the SPN weather page for live streaming information.
Environment Canada alert
Smoke is causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with Island Health, has continued the Smoky Skies Bulletin for communities in the East Vancouver Island, Inland Vancouver Island, West Vancouver Island, North Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands, and Greater Victoria regions due to wildfire smoke in the area. The current weather pattern over the BC coast is causing outflow winds to carry smoke from wildfires burning in the BC Interior towards the coast. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change.
Exposure to increased smoke concentrations is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease. Those at risk should avoid strenuous activities and prolonged exposure to smoke. Individuals, who experience any of the following symptoms, should contact their health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways.
Should symptoms develop (such as an irritated throat or cough) individuals may wish to consider limiting their activity and exposure. Residents can stay informed of air quality and the air quality health index for their area by visiting this website (or viewing the resources below).
This Bulletin will remain in effect until further notice.
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Air quality index
This smoke forecast comes from FireSmoke.ca. The smoke may at times supersede the weather.
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