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Smoky skies: Air quality advisory renewed for New Westminster

Cooler weather could bring some relief soon.
New Westminsterites woke up to smoky skies again on Monday (Aug. 28). An air quality advisory remains in effect for Metro Vancouver.

An air quality advisory remains in effect for New Westminster this afternoon — but a change of weather may be in the offing.

As of 3:45 p.m. Monday, Metro Vancouver has renewed its air quality advisory for the region due to high concentrations of fine particulate matter resulting from wildfire smoke, caused by fires burning in B.C. and Washington State.

 The poor air is expected to last until there is a change in the weather, according to an Aug. 28 press release from Metro Vancouver.

That change of weather could be coming soon for New Westminsterites, according to the latest Weatherhood local forecast. Today’s high (Monday, Aug. 28) was predicted to hit 24 C, but a cooling trend is anticipated starting Tuesday, when the forecast calls for a high of just 17 C — with up to 8 mm of rain to accompany it.

Wednesday and Thursday are also expected to see highs of 18 C before temperatures begin to warm up again on Friday.

As of 3:50 p.m.. Metro Vancouver’s AirMap has New Westminster’s air quality health index sitting at a 4, or moderate risk. Smoke concentrations may continue to vary widely across the region as winds, temperatures and wildfire behaviour changes, the press release notes.

You can keep an eye on current local conditions at the AirMap website and at the Weatherhood local site.

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