The air quality in the Regina has been significantly altered by wildfires in the province and other conditions.
Wildfires north of Hudson Bay along with the prescribed burns from Montana have contributed to the smoke in the air.
Meteorologist Terri Lang of Environment Canada says we might see a little bit a relief today but adds that the smoke will probably linger a little bit longer. “Because these fires are still present, I think there is still going to be smoke in and around the area, probably not bringing down the air quality as bad. Lang added “I think until these fires are out, I think we’re going to be dealing with smoke on and off.”
Lang added that mother nature may lend a helping hand with some potential rain in the forecast next week. “We’re getting into a different pattern next week, hopefully with some rain coming that would certainly help the situation with cooler and wetter conditions.”
Smoke wildfires are usually more prominent in Saskatchewan during the summer months, Lang says there isn’t usually much smoke from wildfires in Saskatchewan during October especially from fires that originated within the province, but she also noted that the wildfire season in the western part of the United States usually extends into November.
Because of the smoky conditions outdoors, 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. Lang advises anyone with these conditions to stay indoors as much as possible until the smoke subsides.