Air Quality alert issued for Fraser Valley

Air quality officials are advising Fraser Valley residents to stay indoors Friday as ground level ozone rises.

An air quality alert advising Fraser Valley residents to avoid strenuous outdoor activity Friday afternoon and evening has been issued by Metro Vancouver.

“Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease and asthma,” Metro Vancouver air quality staff said in the advisory.

If you are having chest discomfort, shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing stay indoors in air conditioned spaces.

The alert stems from increasing amounts of ground level ozone created when chemical emissions from motor vehicles and other sources combine with sunlight.

Julie Saxton, air quality planner at Metro Vancouver, said ozone levels were low Wednesday, but began increasing Thursday, probable due to a change in air patterns.

She said the advisory could be lifted Saturday evening as weather conditions are expected to change again.

For more current emission levels go to the BC Air Quality website.

Just Posted

Measles case confirmed within Fraser Health region

One case within Fraser Health is related to the outbreak in three Vancouver schools.

Harrison Festival to share the culture behind the music

Festival director Andy Hillhouse will be talking about nationalism in music, starting March 1

Risk of ‘deadly avalanches’ leads to warning for B.C.’s south coast

Weak layer of snow on Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland could trigger an avalanche

Another snowfall warning for Lower Mainland

Another 5-10 cm expected for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Sunshine Coast

Saskia and Darrel kick off spring tour with Chilliwack concert

Stories of the Great Plains delivered in Gaelic, French and more

Fashion Fridays: Must have wardrobe basics

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Skier accidental death at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death has not been released

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

Cryptocurrency exchange CEO who suddenly died leaves Kelowna house in will

Gerald Cotten, holding the keys to money tied up in his virtual currency exchange, died in December.

Regulator’s report, coming today, unlikely to settle Trans Mountain pipeline battle

The Trans Mountain pipeline will remain a controversial topic both in the political ring and out

5 to start your day

Australian woman dies in avalanche at Whistler, two boys OK after falling through Coquitlam lake and more

Australian woman killed in avalanche at Whistler

The woman and her partner were reportedly rescued by ski patrol, but she did not survive

B.C. legislature moving suspended staff controversy to outside review

Whale watching, Seattle Mariners trips billed as emergency preparedness, Speaker Darryl Plecas says

Trudeau tells Canadians to listen to clerk in SNC-Lavalin matter

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick delivered a blunt assessment at the House of Commons justice

Most Read