Another sunny with smoke haze, very hot and low winds for today. We should see another warm high of 28C. Currently we have clear skies, a temperature of 18C and our winds are currently calm but will increase to 10 km/h throughout the day.
Our FIRE DANGER has now increased to VERY HIGH TO EXTREME. We are currently under a AIR QUALITY WARNING for our area and there are no marine wind warnings.
HAVE A GREAT TUESDAY!
3:43 AM CDT Tuesday 29 August 2017
Special air quality statement in effect for:
- Grand Rapids and Easterville
- Waterhen Meadow Portage and Skownan
Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.
High levels of air pollution due to forest fire smoke continue over central Manitoba as northwesterly winds carry smoke plumes from nearby forest fires across the region.
Local wind flow will still affect the distribution of the heaviest smoke, but in general much of central Manitoba will see reduced visibilities and extremely poor air quality at times today and tonight.
On Wednesday, light easterly winds develop and will begin to direct smoke from the largest fires in Saskatchewan away from the area. However, dense smoke already in place may be slow to clear and more localized smoke from Manitoba fires will continue for the region.
Due to the smoky conditions, individuals living in or travelling to the above noted areas are advised to be aware of potential health concerns that can be associated with current air conditions. In these current conditions, even healthy individuals may experience sore eyes, tears, coughing and a runny nose.
In areas affected by smoke from wildland fires, Manitobans are encouraged to:
– limit outdoor activity and/or strenuous physical activity; if breathing becomes difficult or uncomfortable, stop or reduce the activity
– reduce exposure to smoke by staying indoors or moving to areas with cleaner air, as conditions can vary dramatically by area
– turn off furnaces and air-conditioning units that may draw smoke indoors
– keep indoor air cleaner by avoiding smoking or burning other materials
People at higher risk include young children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with heart or lung conditions (particularly asthma), and therefore should avoid as much exposure to smoke as possible.
Manitobans with health questions or concerns can contact their health-care provider or call Health Links – Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257. More information on the health effects of smoke is available at www.gov.mb.ca/health/publichealth/environmentalhealth/smoke.html
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
Issued by Environment Canada and Manitoba Health
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA
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