Banff, Alberta

9:29 AM MDT on July 20, 2017 (GMT -0600)
Banff | | Change Station
Active Advisory: Special Weather Statement

Elev 4583 ft 51.20 °N, 115.55 °W | Updated 29 minutes ago

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48 °F
Feels Like 48 °F
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4
Wind Variable Wind from SW

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--% Chance of Precip.
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Precip. -- in
Pressure 29.96 in
Visibility -9999.0 miles
Clouds
Dew Point 38 °F
Humidity 68%
Rainfall 0.00 in
Snow Depth Not available.
5:50 AM 9:45 PM
Waning Crescent, 11% visible
METAR CWZG 201500Z AUTO 22003KT 09/03 RMK AO1 SLP144 T00890032 55003
Pressure 29.96 in
Visibility -9999.0 miles
Clouds
Dew Point 38 °F
Humidity 68%
Rainfall 0.00 in
Snow Depth Not available.
5:50 AM 9:45 PM
Waning Crescent, 11% visible
METAR CWZG 201500Z AUTO 22003KT 09/03 RMK AO1 SLP144 T00890032 55003

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Special Weather Statement
Issued: Environment Canada
Special Weather Statement issued by Environment.  10:31 PM MDT Wednesday 19 July 2017.
The smoke event will continue in western and central Alberta.

Forest fires in BC are generating huge amounts of smoke over western Canada.  This smoke has crossed the Rockies and settled into much of central Alberta.

Due to the smoke, the AQHI could reach near 8-10, or very high risk, in parts of western and central Alberta today. The thickest smoke is in a corridor from Hinton to Edmonton to Red Deer. 

The smoke will remain over western and central Alberta until at least Thursday afternoon or evening, when thunderstorms may flush out some of the smoke. Conditions in the southwest will improve sooner as a low pressure system develops north of Calgary and southwest winds will help to push the smoke to the northeast.

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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.

In general, wearing a mask is not the best way to protect your health during a smoke event. In fact, masks may lead to a false sense of security, which may encourage increased physical activity and time spent outdoors, meaning increased exposure to smoke. They can also make breathing more difficult.

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.

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.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
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