UPDATE: North Okanagan dust advisory lifted

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UPDATE

9:42 A.M FEB. 26, 2017

VERNON - The special air quality advisory issued yesterday for the North Okanagan has been lifted.

Environment Canada says the expected pollution levels are no longer expected or have moved out of the area. 

9:22 A.M. FEB. 25, 2017

VERNON - Anyone sensitive to poor air quality should avoid spending time outdoors until the dust advisory that was issued this morning, has been lifted.

The current weather system is trapping pollution in the North Okanagan and has prompted a special air quality statement.

Stagnant winter weather conditions are creating elevated pollution levels, resulting in the dust advisory for Vernon today, Feb. 25.

Anyone with chronic underlying medical conditions, infants, elderly, diabetes and anyone with lung or heart disease should avoid exposure, the advisory states

The dust advisory was issued by the Ministry of Environment and the Interior Health Authority. It states that children and teens are at higher risk when it comes to air pollution because they often spend time being active outdoors.

The high concentration of coarse particulates are expected to last until the weather conditions change.

For the latest information on this alert, click here.

To check current air quality, visit B.C. air quality online.

- This story was updated at 9:45 a.m. on Feb. 26, 2017. 


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