Environment Canada issues smog warning for Montreal

Dec 14 2018, 3:44 pm

A smog warning has been issued for Montreal.

According to Environment Canada, “high concentrations of pollutants are expected and will result in poor air quality.”

High levels of pollutants are expected to persist into this evening.

The smog warning was issued Friday morning at 10:31 am and is in effect for the following areas:

  • Châteauguay – La Prairie area
  • Laval area
  • Longueuil – Varennes area
  • Montréal Island area

“Smog especially affects asthmatic children and people with respiratory ailments or heart disease. It is therefore recommended that these individuals avoid intense physical activity outdoors until the smog warning is lifted,” said Environment Canada in a statement.

The weather agency 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 asks citizens to continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.

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