Metro Vancouver air quality has seen radical improvement just this morning


Breathing a little more easily in Vancouver today?

The Air Quality Index for Metro Vancouver has experienced a radical drop down to safer levels just in the first couple of hours of Thursday’s workday alone.

The Weather Network

While at 5 a.m. Thursday the region was charted at a 10+ Very High Risk level, by 6 a.m. the plus was removed and it went to a 10 (High Risk). From 7 to 9 a.m. Metro Vancouver’s air was deemed a Moderate Risk in the 6-4 level, and by 10 a.m. we’ve gone down to a 3 on the AQI, which represents a Low Risk.

Environment Canada

Cooler temps and some drizzle are offering relief to our lungs–though this small amount of moisture won’t bring significant respite to firefighters across the province when it comes to stopping wildfire flames.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and cloud and a chance of showers into the night and Friday morning.

Environment Canada

Those clouds and the chance of rain hovers through the weekend and into next week, with temps in the 18-20C zone for Vancouver–much cooler than we’ve experienced this month.

Crossing the Fraser River on the Canada Line at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Today’s air is a far cry from what we endured in the region Wednesday, with smoke blanketing Metro Vancouver in a problematic haze.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom