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Haze from U.S. wildfires expected to linger in Metro Vancouver as temperatures soar

Last Updated Sep 9, 2020 at 7:58 am PST

Views of West Vancouver from English Bay on Sept. 8, 2020. (Michael Kuss, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Smoke from wildfires in eastern Washington state and interior B.C. continues to settle over Metro Vancouver

Forecast for dangerous air quality has dropped from high to moderate for Wednesday

Metro Vancouver expected to be hit with high, possibly record-breaking temperatures

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – With no end in sight to far off wildfires sending smoke our way, it may be tough to truly enjoy the blast of warm weather we’re experiencing at the same time.

People with underlying health conditions, including those who have contracted COVID-19, are being warned as smoke from wildfires in eastern Washington state and interior B.C. settles over Metro Vancouver.

The forecast for dangerous air quality has now dropped from high to moderate for the day, after an advisory was issued on Tuesday.

The smoke in the air around Metro Vancouver will continue to be visible as a late-season heat wave sets in.

“Heat and haze are both featured prominently in your mid-week forecast. That’ll affect our air quality and also threaten to bring some long-standing temperature records down,” NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says.

“All-time highs for the 9th of September, 25.9 degrees at YVR from 1989, and 31.7 in Abbotsford dating back to 1963. That’s just mentioning a couple.”

Russ is calling for a high of 26 degrees by the water and near 32 degrees inland on Wednesday, ahead of a cool down over the weekend.

The heat and smoke are both expected to last throughout the next few days.

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