July 13, 2015 - 11:32 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - A system that broke a nearly three-week heat wave and dropped rain in the Interior also helped clear the smoke.
The smoky skies advisory that had been in place since June 7 was lifted this morning, July 13, by the Ministry of Environment and the Interior Healthy Authority.
While many large fires are still burning around the province the system moving through the Southern Interior has reduced the amount of smoke being carried into the region.
The air quality health index, which rates the amount of air pollutants in relation to weather, reached as high as eight (on a scale of 1 to 10) in some parts of the region during the peak of the advisory but is now expected to remain low over the next few days.
Environment Canada is calling for high temperatures to hit near seasonal normals, the high-20s, along with a chance of showers for much of the next week.
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