Yesterday’s pleasant snowfall has turned into today’s Smog Warning.
According to Environment Canada, “high concentrations of fine particulate matter are expected to persist until later this morning.”
Smog is especially harmful against asthmatic children and people with respiratory ailments or heart disease. The weather agency recommends that these specific individuals avoid intense physical activity outdoors until the warning is lifted.
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The alert was issued in the early hours of Thursday morning and is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
Environment Canada suggests we can all help improve air quality by doing simple things, such as using public transit, reducing our driving speed, and not letting our car engines idle unnecessarily.
Montreal residents are also urged to stop using wood-burning stoves or fireplaces until the warning has subsided.
For air quality indexes in Quebec, visit Ministère du Développement durable website and for Montreal’s air quality, the Réseau de surveillance de la qualité de l’air de la Ville de Montréal.
The website also asks citizens to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.