Calgary air quality advisory continues for second straight day

Wildfire smoke prompts air quality statement

Wildfire smoke prompts air quality statement

Smoke and haze at the lower levels are from wildfires to the north and east, transported to the area by low-level offshore winds. A high pressure system is pushing upper-level wildfire smoke down.

Continued fire activity from the Carr, Mendocino Complex, and OR fires continue to send smoke into the area.

Sensitive groups should take precautions, including: children, older adults, and people that are pregnant, have heart or lung issues (such as asthma and COPD), or that have had a stroke.

Air quality should improve a bit and hover around moderate by Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency said.

If this week's smoky skies seem unprecedented, that's not far wrong: Thanks to an unusually unfortunate weather pattern, Seattle just recorded its worst 24-hour air quality in nearly two decades of recordkeeping.

People should limit their time outside and refrain from vigorous activities like running or playing sports. If you have an air conditioner, use the "recirculation" switch. That's what experts recommend people should do in the summer now - stay indoors with filtered air.

If you are prone to breathing difficulties, you are advised to remain inside in a place that is cool and ventilated.

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But to the dismay of markets, the statement gave no clear promise of rate hikes, which is what most economists say is needed. Cavusoglu said: "We support diplomacy and negotiations but it is not possible for us to accept impositions".

Avoid driving, when possible.

With air now rated as unhealthy, even healthy people may have symptoms such as dry eyes, coughing and sinus irritation. So if you're considering a mask, check with your doctor before you try it out.

"Most monitors in Western Washington are still in the unhealthy range due to lingering smoke, but more clearing is expected through tonight and tomorrow".

Global News meteorologist Kristi Gordon said there is no change in the weather pattern yet, and the thick smoke will be sticking around for a while. Check the air quality forecast regularly at the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency's website.

Residents are also being advised to close windows and doors and to use air conditioning in order to re-circulate fresh air.

Check with your health care provider for more specific questions and concerns.

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