Special Air Quality Statement for the Swift Current Region
Westerly winds are spreading significant amounts of wildfire smoke across the Prairies and will continue to do so until a cold front pushes through the region. The cold front will move through western Saskatchewan this morning, and then slump southeastwards, moving through eastern Saskatchewan by tonight and then across southern Manitoba. As the cold front passes, cleaner air will move in from the north. For many areas, this event will be seen by very hazy skies with moderately elevated AQHI values in the 4 to 7 range. However, due to local effects, some areas will see significant reductions in air quality, with AQHI values exceeding 7 (high) and potentially exceeding 10 (very high).
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
Environment Canada is calling for Smoke Haze Today with a High of 24. Clear Tonight and 8. Partly Sunny for Wednesday and 17. Looking ahead to Thursday, Rain is in the forecast and 12. Showers continue through the weekend with a High of 6 for Friday and 7 on Saturday. Cloudy with Showers by Sunday and 12. Partly sunny and warming up to 18 on Monday.
The seasonal High for this date is 19 with a Low of 5.
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