February 13, 2019 4:03 pm
Updated: February 13, 2019 6:35 pm

Special air quality statement lifted for Edmonton area

A view of Edmonton from Global News' Skytracker camera on Feb. 8, 2019.

Global News
A A

Environment Canada issued a short-livedair quality statement for Edmonton, Sherwood Park and St. Albert on Wednesday afternoon.

“A strong inversion has trapped air with higher urban pollution levels near the surface,” the statement read.

READ MORE: Oh Cold Snap! Edmonton set to break its 21-year-old weather record

The statement was lifted at about 4:10 p.m.

Global News
Help us improve Globalnews.ca
Story continues below

As of about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, the Air Quality Health Index said Edmonton’s air quality was sitting at a five — or moderate — risk, St. Albert was registering at a six — or moderate — risk and Sherwood Park was at a three — or low — risk.

Members of the at-risk population were recommended to consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities if experiencing symptoms, the provincial government site said.

READ MORE: Edmonton bus driver applauded for helping homeless man in freezing cold

At-risk individuals include children, people who work outside, people with lung disease, diabetes and seniors.

“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath,” according to the Environment Canada warning.

Environment Canada says conditions are expected to improve either later Wednesday or on Thursday.

Want your weather on the go? Download Global News’ Skytracker weather app for IOS and Android.

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

Report an error

Comments

Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.