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Heatwave in British Columbia: Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

Heatwave in British Columbia: Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley
Heatwave in British Columbia: Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley

An air quality warning is in effect for parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley as a heat wave in the region causes elevated smog levels.

The Metro Vancouver Regional District issued a warning on Monday, saying it is expected to remain in effect for several more days.

“Warm and sunny weather combined with local emissions has led to increased levels of ground-level ozone,” the advisory said.

The advisory covers most of Metro Vancouver, including Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, the Tri-Cities and Langley. Some parts of Richmond and Delta are not included. In the Fraser Valley, the advisory covers Abbottsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope.

“Consider postponing or limiting outdoor activities, especially for people at high risk, such as those with lung and heart conditions, diabetes, pregnant women, infants, children, and the elderly,” the advisory said.

“Take it easy and take frequent breaks if outdoor activities are unavoidable.”

People are also encouraged to seek air-conditioned indoor spaces, drink plenty of fluids and monitor those most at risk of heat-related illness.

The warning follows heat advisories for the Lower Mainland and many other regions in the province.

In an update Monday, Environment Canada said the high temperatures are expected to persist until at least Wednesday.

“This is the first large-scale heat wave of the year for Western Canada. The area has had some warm days this year, but southern British Columbia, for example, had a cool May and June, so residents’ bodies are not acclimated to the heat,” said Jennifer Smith, national meteorologist for warning preparation.

On Sunday, daily records for the highest temperature were broken in 22 places.


With files from Alyse Kotyk of CTV News Vancouver