Environment Canada has published a special weather report for several towns and cities in Alberta, including Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Drumheller and Brooks. “Stagnant weather conditions under a high pressure ridge cause pollutants to build up on the surface over time. The air quality should be at its worst tonight, ”said the notice published at 6:49 pm Monday.
The list of affected communities is:
- City of Calgary.
- Edmonton-St. Parc Albert-Sherwood.
- Drayton Valley-Devon-Rimbey-Pigeon Lake.
- Drumheller-Trois Collines.
- Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville-Redwater-Smoky Lake.
- Okotoks-High River-Claresholm.
- Red Deer-Ponoka-Innisfail-Stettler.
- Spruce Grove-Morinville-Mayerthorpe-Evansburg.
The press release says air quality is expected to improve overnight.
Poor air quality can pose a significant risk to some people.
“Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath,” the advisory reads. “Children, the elderly and people with cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases, such as asthma, are particularly at risk. “