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Vancouver, BC Current Conditions - SPECIAL AIR QUALITY STATEMENT , Vancouver


Alerts for: Metro Vancouver


8:47 PM PDT Sunday 19 August 2018
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Metro Vancouver NE
  • Metro Vancouver NW
  • Metro Vancouver SE
  • Metro Vancouver SW


Metro Vancouver is continuing an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter due to smoke from wildfires burning in British Columbia and the western United States. Elevated levels of fine particulate matter are expected to occur over the next few days.

Smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes.

Fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, refers to airborne solid or liquid droplets with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres (µm) or less. PM2.5 can easily penetrate indoors because of its small size.

Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease. If you are experiencing symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing, follow the advice of your healthcare provider. As we are in the summer season with warm temperatures, it is also important to stay cool and hydrated. Indoor spaces with air conditioning may offer relief from both heat and air pollution.

Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to look after air quality.

For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.

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.

Issued by Environment Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Environment



Currently Cloudy
Temperature 17.0°C
Humidity 88 %
Pressure Air Pressure  101.6 kPa
Air Quality: 4
DewPoint 15.0°C
Visibility 12.9 km
Wind Speed W 4 km/h
Sunrise: 6:10:00 AM
Sunset: 8:22:00 PM
Updated:  Vancouver Int'l Airport 9:00 PM PDT Sunday 19 August 2018

Vancouver, BC Weather Outlook

Weather Information Provided by Environment Canada

Sunday night Monday Monday night Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Overcast Overcast Overcast A mix of sun and cloud A mix of sun and cloud A mix of sun and cloud A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers A mix of sun and cloud
Widespread smoke.
Low 17.
Widespread smoke.
High 22 except 25 inland.
Humidex 28.
UV index 3 or moderate.
Widespread smoke.
Low 16.
A mix of sun and cloud.
High 23 except 27 inland.
A mix of sun and cloud.
High 23 except 27 inland.
A mix of sun and cloud.
High 23.
A mix of sun and cloud with 30 percent chance of showers.
High 21.
A mix of sun and cloud.
High 21.

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