The smoke is back in Calgary along with a new air quality statement

Aug 22 2018, 4:08 pm

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

The clear skies that Calgary was treated to yesterday were a welcome escape from the smoky haze that has long been covering the city this summer, though apparently, the fresh air was too good to last.

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Smoke from the BC wildfires has made its way back to the city, triggering a new special air quality statement from Environment Canada.

According to a seven-day forecast, Calgarians can expect to see the haze for the next day and a half, until a high probability of rain on Thursday night has the chance of drowning it out.

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Calgary weather this week (Environment Canada)

The new cloud of smoke is heading into Calgary from the north, and Air Quality Heath Index values will “reach very high values,” according to the statement.

As always, Calgarians are encouraged to seek out building with air-conditioning and proper ventilation and to note that anyone with existing cardiovascular or lung disease, as well as children, and seniors are especially at risk.

Here’s hoping that the weekend rain will bring sunny skies back to Calgary come Monday.