Possible high levels of air pollution expected in Mississauga

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As the heat warning continues, Environment Canada has issued an air quality statement for the city, citing elevated pollution levels due to the hot and humid weather conditions.

“A special air quality statement is in place due to the possibility of deteriorating air quality,” says Environment Canada.

“Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations this afternoon. Moderate risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short-term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon.”

Individuals 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.

“If you, or someone in your care, develop symptoms, reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoors activities where ever possible until the air quality improves,” Environment Canada has advised residents.

While continued high temperatures are expected this weekend, an increased cloud cover will reduce maximum temperatures to below the heat warning criteria for Monday.

It’s expected to remain humid until a cold front arrives on Tuesday.

Residents can visit airhealth.ca for more information on air pollution and ways to stay safe.

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