Smog Alert: Elgin, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent

Smog Alert: Elgin, Sarnia-Lambton, Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent

A Smog Advisory was issued this afternoon for the following three regions in Ontario, Canada:

  • Elgin
  • Sarnia-Lambton
  • Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent

“Smog is harmful to the lungs and heart. Even in healthy people, smog can reduce lung function.”

This smog advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

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Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

Notice of Smog Advisory

June 7, 2011

Effective immediately a Smog Advisory has been issued by the Ministry of the Environment for the following forecast regions:

  • Elgin
  • Sarnia-Lambton
  • Windsor-Essex-Chatham-Kent

Hot, hazy and humid conditions combined with a southwesterly flow of polluted air from the U.S. and a local build-up of pollutants is resulting in elevated smog levels across parts of southwestern Ontario.

This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.

  • A Smog Advisory is related to the Air Quality Index (AQI), which rates how clean the air is. The AQI scale ranges from 0 to 100+. Higher numbers mean higher health risks.
  • A Smog Advisory is issued in your region when the AQI is expected to reach 50 in the next 24 hours. It can be lifted once the AQI is expected to reach or drops below 50.
  • Smog is made up of a complex mixture of air pollutants that are sometimes visible, such as a brownish-yellow haze over cities; sometimes not. The two main ingredients of smog are ground-level ozone (O3) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5).
  • Smog is harmful to the lungs and heart. Even in healthy people, smog can reduce lung function.

For more information:

CONTACTS

  • Contact information for the general public
    416-325-4000
    1-800-565-4923
  • Jonathan Rose
    Minister’s Office
    416-314-6739
    Jonathan.Rose@ontario.ca

Ministry of the Environment
ontario.ca/environment

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