UPDATE: The air quality advisory for parts of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley has been cancelled.
B.C.’s heat wave is creating a new concern with levels of air pollution on the rise.
An air quality advisory remains in effect for parts of Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley due to high concentrations of ground level ozone.
The advisory is expected to last for a few days until there is a change in the weather.
People — especially infants and the elderly — are being advised to avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the mid-afternoon, when ozone layers are the highest.
“We are particularly advising the frail elderly, the very young, those with chronic health conditions including heart and lung conditions to stay cool, to seek out air conditioned spaces… to stay well hydrated, to not go out in the middle of the day, wear sunscreen and loose-fitting clothing… and of course, never ever leave children or pets in cars in this weather,” says Patricia Daly with Vancouver Coastal Health.
People experiencing symptoms that include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, cough or wheeze should consult with their doctor and stay indoors in air conditioned spaces.