Batten down the hatches, Calgary, because it’s going to get a little messy out there.
According to a forecast from Environment Canada, Calgary could see a combination of smoke, lightning and thunder as we head into the weekend.
The hope is that the cooler temperatures and rain brought on by the potential storm will be enough to dissipate some of this smoke, but for now, Environment Canada has issued yet another special air quality statement.
“Thick smoke continues across regions of southern Alberta and mountain parks this afternoon. Smoke will linger until this evening,” the statement, which was issued just before noon on Friday, read.
Calgary’s air quality health index currently sits at a seven, which is the same level it was at when the Sh*t I Smoke app equated Calgary’s air with smoking more than seven cigarettes.
As always, Calgarians are encouraged to seek out buildings 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.