Bankhead, Alberta

12:11 PM MDT on July 20, 2017 (GMT -0600)
Canmore Nordic Centre | | Change Station
Active Advisory: Special Weather Statement

Elev 4688 ft 51.09 °N, 115.39 °W | Updated 7 seconds ago

Clear
Clear
72.7 °F
Feels Like 77 °F
N
2.8
Wind Variable Wind from ENE
Gusts 9.0 mph

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Precip. -- in
Pressure 29.90 in
Visibility 10 miles
Clouds
Heat Index 77 °F
Dew Point 41 °F
Humidity 32%
Rainfall 0.00 in
Snow Depth Not available.
5:50 AM 9:45 PM
Waning Crescent, 10% visible
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Pressure 29.90 in
Visibility 10 miles
Clouds
Heat Index 77 °F
Dew Point 41 °F
Humidity 32%
Rainfall 0.00 in
Snow Depth Not available.
5:50 AM 9:45 PM
Waning Crescent, 10% visible
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Special Weather Statement
Issued: Environment Canada
Special Weather Statement issued by Environment.  04:38 AM MDT Thursday 20 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 this evening, when thunderstorms may flush out some of the smoke. Conditions in the southwest will improve somewhat as a low pressure system develops north of Calgary and southwest winds will help to push the smoke to the northeast. However a return to westerly winds aloft by the weekend will bring the smoke back to southern regions.

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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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