Parts of Vancouver Island remain under air quality advisory on Monday due to elevated pollution levels.
The advisory was issued by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy in collaboration with Island Health at around 10 a.m. on February 10th for inland Vancouver Island, particularly Port Alberni.
According to the weather statement, the warning was issued as a result of “high concentrations of fine particulate matter that are expected to persist until weather conditions change”.
Anyone with chronic underlying medical conditions is advised to postpone strenuous physical activity until the advisory has been lifted.
Exposure to these fine particulates is particularly concerning for pregnant women, infants, the elderly, and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.
Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure.
More information on air quality can be found here.