VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The Metro Vancouver air quality advisory was extended Friday for the 10th day.
It’s expected to be extended on Saturday, as well.
“Metro Vancouver is continuing the fine particulate matter advisory that has been in effect since Sept. 8 for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District due to wildfire smoke from outside the region,” says a Metro Vancouver release.
Continued #AirQualityAdvisory for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) for #MetroVancouver & @FVRD1 due to lingering smoke from WA, OR & CA wildfires. #AirQuality has improved and the weather system forecast for tonight is expected to bring further improvements through the weekend. pic.twitter.com/svuC9iZcoZ
— Metro Vancouver (@MetroVancouver) September 18, 2020
Wildfire smoke from the United States continues to give the region some of the worst air quality values in the world among major cities. Canada was third-worst as of Friday afternoon.
Smoke is also still emanating from New Westminster’s Pier Park as the fire there continues to burn, contributing to poor air quality in the region.
Fresher air may be on the horizon, though, as the weather trending toward being cool and wet on the week.
“Air quality has continued to improve since yesterday but ground-level smoke still remains and is expected to remain today. A weather system forecast for tonight is expected to bring further improvements tomorrow and through the weekend.”
Until the advisory is lifted, Metro Vancouver suggests those with underlying health problems or active infections should limit their time spent outdoors.