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SMOKE: Air quality still posing 'moderate' risk in St. Albert on Monday

Wildfire smoke that blanketed the Edmonton region on Mother's Day weekend is still lingering in St. Albert.
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Wildfire smoke that blanketed the Edmonton region on Mother's Day weekend is still lingering in St. Albert as of Monday morning, and Environment and Climate Change Canada is reporting an Air Quality Health Index rating of 4/10, meaning prolonged exposure has a moderate health risk.

Those with health complications such as asthma or heart disease, or seniors, young children, and those who are pregnant should “consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities,” Environment Canada suggests.

For those without any health complications, Environment Canada says a 4/10 Air Quality Health Index rating should pose a minimal risk “unless you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.”

Environment Canada's online forecast shows that air quality is supposed to improve to a 3/10 rating by Monday evening, although a 3/10 rating will stick around on Tuesday.

PurpleAir, an U.S. based company that makes and sells air quality monitors which then transmit real-time readings to the company's online map, also shows that prolonged exposure to the current air quality in St. Albert poses risks for those with health complications.


Jack Farrell

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Jack Farrell joined the St. Albert Gazette in May, 2022.
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