Saskatoon and areas to the east and northeast are underneath an air high quality alert due to smoke from forest fires burning close to Hudson Bay.
Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Atmosphere and Local weather Change Canada, stated winds are pushing smoke from the fires by way of the northern grain belt this afternoon and night.
“The fires within the Hudson Bay space got here again to life and so they’re spewing out fairly a little bit of smoke,” Lang stated. “Due to the path of the higher winds, that is bringing the smoke again into the central areas of the province and it is drifting over the Saskatoon space now.”
Areas affected embrace Saskatoon, Rosthern, Delisle, Wakaw, Hudson Bay, Melfort, Nipawin, Humboldt and Lanigan.
“The worst a part of the day [in Saskatoon] will in all probability be within the subsequent few hours into the night because the smoke type of fumigates right down to the floor,” Lang stated Monday afternoon. “In a single day the plume itself will begin to raise northward, and by tomorrow morning we should always see some enchancment.”
Individuals who have respiratory difficulties, or who’ve lung illnesses corresponding to bronchial asthma and COPD, are being instructed to remain indoors.
Inhaling smoke could cause signs corresponding to elevated coughing, throat irritation, complications or shortness of breath.
Lang stated scorching, dry circumstances are contributing to prolonging the hearth season.
“[Sunday] the temperatures have been within the mid 20s C, which is de facto above common for this time of yr. Our common highs presently are round 14 C,” Lang stated. “The opposite contributing issue is it’s extremely, very dry on the market and that is contributing to those fires type of getting going once more.”
Lang stated there may be additionally a danger of grass fires proper now.
“Till we begin getting extra moisture coming, which does not appear like will probably be for some time, there’s that danger of grass fires going so individuals needs to be significantly cautious.”
The smoke is anticipated to slowly drift northward.
“The alerts for these areas closest to the place the hearth is going on will proceed,” Lang stated. “And since the plume of smoke itself is transferring to the north, the areas within the North Battleford and the Prince Albert area may begin to see it, in addition to it’d begin drifting towards Meadow Lake, Waskesiu, these areas tomorrow.”