Road dust is impacting air quality in Vernon. - Morning Star file photo

Dust returns to North Okanagan

The Ministry of Environent and Climate Change Strategy has again issued a dust advisory for Vernon

Despite a brief, rain-induced solace, a special air quality statement is again in effect for the North Okanagan.

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, has issued a dust advisory for Vernon due to high concentrations of coarse particulates, which are expected to persist until there is a change in current weather conditions.

Related: Okanagan — Shuswap weekend weather

“Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted,” the ministry stated in a release. “Staying indoors and in air-conditioned spaces helps to reduce particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.”

Environment Canada calls for a high of 9 C Sunday with a 30 per cent chance of showers. Conditions are expected to continue into Monday. Temperatures are expected to remain around 8-10 C during the week accompanied by cloudy skies. Rain is expected on Thursday.

The first dust advisory for the North Okanagan was issued March 5 and was lifted March 6. A second statement came March 10 and was lifted March 15 due to rain.

Related: Dust settles in Vernon

More information on current air quality can be found at www2.gov.bc.ca/content/environment/air-land-water/air.


@VernonNews
parker.crook@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Flair Airlines adds Kelowna to new summer schedule

Flair will be delaying the launch of service into Ottawa and Atlantic Canada

Sunnyside/Pritchard system water quality advisory raised to boil water notice

The change comes due to increased turbidity near the system’s intake in Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Art Gallery offers free admission for June

The gallery reopened its doors with restrictions on June 2

One person taken to hospital after house fire in West Kelowna

The incident occurred at the 700 block of Westbrook Road at 7:23 p.m. on June 2

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Titanic fails to successfully cross Atlantic a second time

I can hold her in my two hands. She is tiny and… Continue reading

Osoyoos man arrested, charged with possession of child pornography

Shawn Barry Titus, 37, was arrested at a motel in Osoyoos on May 21

Young killer whale untangles itself from trap line off Nanaimo shore

DFO marine mammal rescue unit was en route as whale broke free from prawn trap line

Racist incident shocks Vancouver Island First Nation

Port Alberni RCMP investigating after video shows truck wheeling through Tseshaht territory

Vancouver Island school principal mourns brother, cousin killed during U.S. protests

Jelks says he’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the community in the wake of this tragedy

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold at 0.25%

Central bank now expects GDP to decline between 10 and 20 per cent compared with the fourth quarter of 2019

Princeton RCMP sergeant kills cougar threatening residential neighborhood

An RCMP officer shot and killed a cougar, close to a residential… Continue reading

Most Read