VANCOUVER — An air quality advisory has been issued for the eastern parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley due to high concentrations of ground-level ozone that may pose a health risk to some people. .
The advisory issued by Metro Vancouver, a federation that provides regional services for a large area comprising 21 municipalities, says the highest ozone levels typically occur between mid-afternoon and early evening summer days.
Ground-level ozone is created when pollutants from burning fuels as well as compounds from solvents and other sources react in sunlight, making it difficult for people with illnesses to breathe. underlying conditions such as lung disease and asthma.
Exposure is also a concern for pregnant women, infants, children, and those who work outdoors, including construction and agricultural workers and the homeless.
Environment Canada says the highest temperature recorded in British Columbia today was 38.8 degrees Celsius at Lytton and Pemberton Airport, and a heat wave is forecast for the province this week.
The BC Wildfire Service says a blaze burning about two kilometers northwest of Lytton has grown to 2,300 hectares due to hot, dry conditions, up from 2,200 hectares on Monday.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 26, 2022.
The Canadian Press