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Metro Vancouver air quality marginally impacted by U.S. wildfire smoke

Last Updated Oct 2, 2020 at 11:52 am PDT

The Metro Vancouver regional district says the air quality health index is expected to be "moderate" at worst on Friday due to smoke coming from California. (Russ Lacate)
Summary

U.S. wildfire smoke is once again having some impacts on Metro Vancouver air quality

While there are impacts to air quality in Metro Vancouver, they are not as severe as they were last month

It's recommended people with breathing problems or heart issues

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s another hazy day in Metro Vancouver. But while U.S. wildfire smoke is affecting air quality on this side of the border again, it isn’t nearly as bad as it was last month.

The Metro Vancouver regional district says the air quality health index is expected to be “moderate” at worst on Friday due to smoke coming from California.

The haze is expected to blanket the region until Saturday. Meteorologist Russ Lacate says the AQHI will stay in the moderate levels or so for the next couple of days, too.

“Keep in mind, that forecast for a slight deterioration in air quality, that’s been going on for the past two or three days and it hasn’t really born out yet. So fingers crossed we can still breath easy heading into the weekend,” he says.

Air quality around the Lower Mainland was among the worst in the world at some points in September due to wildfires burning in Washington and Oregon.

While the conditions aren’t expected to be as severe this time around, people with breathing problems or heart issues are told to reconsider any heavy exercise or outdoor activities.

You can check the air quality on Metro Vancouver’s AirMap.