Metro Vancouver warned of high concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air over the next “few days.”
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The union representing B.C. paramedics says it’s cautiously optimistic the province has learned the lessons of June’s heat wave, which has been blamed for nearly 600 deaths.
On Saturday morning, with wildfire smoke blocking the sky, the Central Okanagan was rated at very high on the air quality health index for a fourth consecutive day.
As of mid-morning, Metro Vancouver’s air monitoring showed the region’s air quality health index remained at two, or “low risk.”
Canada needs more data and analysis of the historical and ongoing effects of wildfires on watersheds, says a wildfire research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service.
At the Vancouver Airport weather station, it has set a new record for consecutive days with no rain at all, with the previous record set in 1986.
Metro Vancouver said high concentrations of ground-level ozone are expected to persist ‘for the next couple of days during the hot and sunny weather,’ impacting air quality.
Sailings from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and Duke Point are already full for Friday and most of Saturday and some sailings were delayed Friday morning.
Farm operators’ main concern over the current drought was that it was hitting “at the worst time of crop development,” according to a new report from Statistics Canada.
Parts of B.C. are under a heat warning for the next few days. Daytime high temperatures near 30 C are expected, combined with overnight lows in the mid to upper teens.
Issued by Environment Canada, the special weather statements stretch from mid-Vancouver Island through to the Alberta border.
A strengthening ridge of high pressure over B.C.’s southern interior could lead to temperatures in the mid- to high- 30s.
A combination of intense heat and drought conditions is causing wildfires in Western Canada to generate their own weather systems, experts say.
A combination of drought, heat and drier fuels is causing larger areas to be burned in British Columbia, says an expert.
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced Tuesday that 350 troops from Edmonton would be sent to help the BC Wildfire Service, which has been stretched to its limits.