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