Air quality advisory lifted for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley

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An air quality advisory has been lifted for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

Metro Vancouver issued the advisory on Tuesday, due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter in the air from wildfires in Washington, Oregon, and northern California.

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Officials now say conditions have improved thanks to a change in weather patterns.

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Tuesday’s advisory came weeks after the region lifted another air quality advisory issued after smoke from the B.C. wildfires ensconced the region in a thick haze.

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That warning was in place for nearly two weeks, and was the longest air quality advisory in the region since Metro Vancouver implemented its advisory system in the 1970s.

The region had also warned of high levels of ground-level ozone in eastern areas of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley due to hot weather conditions.

Ground-level ozone isn’t emitted directly into the air, and generally hits its highest levels during mid-afternoon and early evening.

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During the advisory, people were warned to avoid strenuous activities outdoors, particularly during the mid-afternoon.

Fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone are of highest concern for seniors, infants, and people with underlying respiratory conditions.

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Anyone who experiences symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest discomfort should seek medical advice.

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