This is an update to my previous blog Smog Alert: Halton-Peel & Southwestern Ontario Regions Aug.3, 2012.
The existing Smog Alert of August 3, 2012, is now expanded to include the following additional forecast regions in Ontario, Canada:
- City of Toronto
- Kingston-Prince Edward
- Parry Sound-Muskoka-Huntsville
- Peterborough-Kawartha Lakes
- Stirling-Tweed-South Frontenac
A Smog Advisory remains in effect for:
- City of Hamilton
Air Quality Index (AQI) Category: 50-99 Poor , is shown in this Air Quality Forecast map of August 4, 2012:
Hot and sunny conditions with southerly winds are resulting in elevated smog levels across southern and parts of central and eastern Ontario.
This advisory will remain in effect until further notice.
Did you know?
- 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:
- Check out the Air Quality Index or AQI in your area.
- To help combat smog, here’s what you can do to spare the air.
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