Smoky conditions in the province should abate somewhat today with a high pressure ridge moving in, but that won’t be the end of the smoke show during the month. That’s the word from Environment Canada and Climate Change meteorologist Dan Fulton. Prevailing winds from the west could begin to establish the smoky sky once again as wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia’s interior and in the north.
Air quality advisories were in place throughout the weekend making outdoor activities challenging and uncomfortable for some. The smoke lifted on Sunday thanks to a southerly shift in winds, allowing the Labour Day Classic Roughriders game to go ahead. The reprieve was short lived as smoke settled back in on Monday.
Fulton says today (Tuesday) should show some improvement although skies could still be hazy. A return flow of air around the ridge could allow for more smoke to return later in the week, but likely not to the extent of this weekend.
However, the prairies could still see more smoky days in September until the wildfire situation improves.