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Air quality index at 10+, sky is smoky and brown

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Smoke has blanketed the city and the air quality health index in the region has hit a 10+, prompting a special air quality statement from Environment and Climate Change Canada. 

The smoke returned on Friday, Environment Canada said, causing poor air quality and reduced visibility. 

"Wildfire smoke can be harmful to everyone’s health even at low concentrations," the website said. 

The cause is the nearly 90 wildfires burning in the province right now, prompting evacuations from communities and has seen nearly 200 structures burned. 

People with lung disease (such as asthma) or heart disease, older adults, children, pregnant people, and people who work outdoors are at higher risk of experiencing health effects caused by wildfire smoke. Stop outdoor activities and contact your health care provider if you or someone in your care experiences shortness of breath, wheezing (including asthma attacks), severe cough, dizziness or chest pains.

On Saturday the city is expected to continue to see widespread smoke thought the day, with a high of 28 C and a low of 15 C. Sunday the city will have sunny conditions with a high of 19 C and a low of 15. On Monday there is a 60 per cent chance of showers with a high of 22 C and low of 9 C. 

Jennifer Henderson

About the Author: Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson is the editor of the St. Albert Gazette and has been with Great West Media since 2015
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