Metro Vancouver Air Quality Moves To Highest Risk, Levels Worse Than Delhi

Aug 22, 2018, 02:22
Metro Vancouver Air Quality Moves To Highest Risk, Levels Worse Than Delhi

Officials recommend staying inside with windows closed and air conditioners set to recirculate. The advisory runs through 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The air quality level is expected to reach into unhealthy for sensitive groups.

On Sunday afternoon, several monitors in north-central Washington state showed air quality at hazardous levels.

Elsewhere in areas of Washington state, Idaho and OR, the air quality has been ranked as "very unhealthy", with Seattle reaching 249.

The smoky pollution came from wildfires in British Columbia and the Cascade Mountains, clouding a season that many spend outdoors.

Kathy, from Skyway, sent this photo in Monday night, says her vehicle picked up a dusting of ash.

- Continued smoke from Northern California wildfires, along with pollution from cars, has prompted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to issue a Spare the Air alert for Sunday.

Beaverton School District announced Tuesday morning that they will be suspending all outdoor activities until further notice.

Northwest residents should avoid vacuuming for up to a week as they wait for the wildfire smoke that has again descended over the lowlands to clear.

The air quality in parts of Seattle is now worse than Beijing, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. "The air quality readings across the Sound are relatively similar".

A few rounds of dry cold fronts move through this week, so we won't see any showers with those- just MUCH cooler temperatures. Fresher air is not expected until Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to forecasters.

The strong winds are likely the source of ash that started falling on Monday evening. People with chronic sinus issues, chronic lung issues, and asthma may experience symptoms as well due to small particulate matter in the air. That also means clouds and even a slight chance of showers.

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