En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sues air qual­ity ad­vi­sory for Ed­mon­ton area

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En­vi­ron­ment Canada ad­vises chil­dren and se­niors to avoid out­side ac­tiv­i­ties for now. En­vi­ron­ment Canada is­sued an air qual­ity ad­vi­sory for Ed­mon­ton, St. Al­bert and Sher­wood Park Sun­day morn­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the agency, stag­nant cold weather has re­duced the air qual­ity by trap­ping pol­lu­tion in the at­mos­phere.

Sun­day morn­ing, the Air Qual­ity Health In­dex for Ed­mon­ton in­di­cated a “mod­er­ate risk,” mean­ing those atrisk — chil­dren, se­niors, peo­ple with car­dio­vas­cu­lar or lung dis­eases and those who are ac­tive out­doors — should con­sider reschedul­ing out­side ac­tiv­i­ties.

Symp­toms of ex­po­sure to the trapped pol­lu­tion in­clude cough­ing, throat ir­ri­ta­tion, headaches and short­ness of breath.

Con­di­tions may reach “high risk” lev­els.

En­vi­ron­ment Canada ex­pects air qual­ity to re­main poor un­til Mon­day af­ter­noon, when the fore­cast calls for in­creased wind.

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