Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Air Quality for much of Southernwestern Ontario and the GTA this afternoon as the sun and the heat could impact the air pollution levels.
The Statement is as follows;
Special air quality statement in effect for:
- Kitchener – Cambridge – Region of Waterloo
- City of Hamilton
- Burlington – Oakville
- Brantford – County of Brant
- Niagara Falls – Welland – Southern Niagara Region
- St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region
Possible high levels of air pollution are expected today in the southwestern Ontario and Greater Toronto Area.
A special air quality statement is in place due to the possibility of deteriorating air quality. Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the area. Moderate risk AQHI values are expected throughout today with the potential of high risk AQHI values this afternoon in southwestern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, and possibly Monday afternoon in extreme southwestern Ontario too.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
If you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation, consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted. Exposure to air pollution is particularly a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
This is just a special weather statement for now but being aware that any symptoms could be a sign of trouble and that if you are struggling it is advised that you should exercise caution and take it easy.
Find more information and updates at https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=son
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