Air quality to worsen in Vancouver, Edmonton after brief respite

Air quality alert in effect due to conditions reaching hazardous levels

Air quality alert in effect due to conditions reaching hazardous levels

Hazy conditions will continue through Wednesday before air quality improves Thursday.

As large cities dealt with unhealthy air for a second summer in a row, experts warn that it could become more common as the American West faces larger and more destructive wildfires because of heat and drought blamed on climate change.

"Wholesale improvement to air quality is not likely until midweek".

Children, elderly folks and people with respiratory illness could experience scratchy throats, itchy eyes and coughs.

Air quality is expected to worsen throughout the day.

The wildfire smoke blanketing Metro Vancouver has grown so thick that the air quality health risk hit the highest rating in some areas on Monday.

Latest updates on the fires can be found via the B.C. Wildfire Service and Emergency Info B.C.

It's a rare occurrence that also happened past year, raising concerns for many locals that it may become normal during wildfire season.

The National Weather Service predicts "widespread smoke" will turn to "widespread haze" by Wednesday as onshore winds return.

The Puget Sound Air Agency said no outdoor burning is allowed as of 5 p.m. Monday in order to reduce any additional harm from excess air pollution.

The poor air quality can be especially unsafe for people with preexisting heart conditions.

Kathy, from Skyway, sent this photo in Monday night, says her vehicle picked up a dusting of ash.

According to a release from Environment Canada, "elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to occur over the next few days". "It's substantial. Air quality definitely has an impact on public health". An alert was also issued for today.

Satellite images show strong northeast winds carried smoke across the Cascades from fires burning in Eastern Washington on Monday afternoon.

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