High levels of air pollution expected in Brampton, Hamilton and Halton

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Published June 6, 2021 at 10:14 am

A special air quality statement has been issued for parts of the province including Brampton, Hamilton and Halton, with high levels of air pollution today (June 6) that could persist into Monday.

“Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the area,” says Environment Canada.

“Moderate risk AQHI (Air Quality Health Index) values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short-term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon.”

Some residents 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.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should consider reducing or rescheduling any strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.

A heat warning also remains in effect, with daytime highs of 31 to 34 degrees Celsius and overnight lows of 20 to 22 degrees Celsius.

The heat is expected to persist into Monday (June 7).

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