Special Air Quality Statement Issued
Issued: 6:10 AM EDT Sunday 06 June 2021
Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for:
Chatham-Kent - Rondeau Park
London - Parkhill - Eastern Middlesex County
Sarnia - Petrolia - Western Lambton County
Strathroy - Komoka - Western Middlesex County
Watford - Pinery Park - Eastern Lambton County
Windsor - Leamington - Essex County
High levels of air pollution are expected today. A Special Air Quality Statement is in effect due to the possibility of deteriorating air quality. Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the area. Moderate risk AQHI values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short-term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon. Similar conditions may persist into Monday.
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. People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits. If you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation, consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted. Exposure to air pollution is particularly a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly. Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.