Spe­cial air qual­ity state­ment re­leased for Ed­mon­ton

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - - Ju­ris Graney

Pol­lu­tion trapped un­der an at­mo­spheric in­ver­sion around Ed­mon­ton could cause poor air qual­ity up un­til Mon­day af­ter­noon and ag­gra­vate symp­toms of peo­ple with breath­ing trou­bles, En­vi­ron­ment Canada warned Sun­day.

The weather bureau is­sued a spe­cial air qual­ity state­ment for Ed­mon­ton, St. al­bert, Sher­wood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Ve­gre­ville, red­wa­ter and Smoky Lake.

“In­di­vid­u­als may ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms such as in­creased cough­ing, throat ir­ri­ta­tion, headaches or short­ness of breath,” En­vi­ron­ment Canada said Sun­day.

“Chil­dren, se­niors, and those with car­dio­vas­cu­lar or lung dis­ease, such as asthma, are es­pe­cially at risk.”

Peo­ple with lung dis­eases, such as asthma and Copd, can be par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to air pol­lu­tion, the bureau said.

at­mo­spheric in­ver­sions are hor­i­zon­tal lay­ers in the at­mos­phere in which tem­per­a­ture in­creases with height. It also means mul­ti­ple heights can have the same tem­per­a­ture, which can trap pol­lu­tion.

The weather phe­nom­e­non is quite com­mon.

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