Environment Canada: hot and humid conditions from Oshawa to Beaverton leads to special air quality statement

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Published May 31, 2023 at 1:55 pm

A special air quality statement has been issued for all of Durham Region today with hot and humid conditions creating elevated pollution levels.

“Deteriorating air quality” is the result of heat and humidity from Pickering and Oshawa in the south to Beaverton in the north with increased pollutant concentrations expected throughout the day.

Vulnerable residents 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. Exposure to air pollution is of particular concern for children, the elderly, and those who have underlying medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.

If you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation, consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.

Exposure to air pollution is a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly. Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties and find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated.

Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecasted air quality updates.

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