Environment Canada issues air quality advisory for Edmonton area
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.