Although the hazy air seems to be disappearing, Vancouver has set a new weather record for smoke in the air.
According to the Vancouver Weather, the monitoring station at YVR reported consistent smoke since 9 pm on August 19 until 10 pm on August 22, resulting in 73 hours of non-stop smoke in the air.
Vancouver just recorded its “smokiest” stretch of weather in history: the station at YVR has reported “smoke” consistently since 9 PM on August 19. It’s now 10 PM on August 22 – that’s 73 hours of non-stop smoke. The old record was 72 hours, set from December 12-15, 1963!
— Vancouver Weather (@yvrwx) August 23, 2018
The previous record of 72 consecutive hours was set from December 12 to 15 in 1963.
While a special weather statement is still in effect for the Metro Vancouver region, the cooler temperatures and light rain have helped ease the smoke.
Environment Canada has now dropped Vancouver’s Air Quality Health Index from 10 + (Very High Risk) to 4, which translates to Moderate Risk.