Smoke returns to the Okanagan

Smoke returns to the Okanagan

The haze of smoke has returned to the Okanagan as of Monday afternoon.

Smoke has rolled back into the Okanagan Valley.

After Saturday night’s rainfall and strong winds that moved through the Interior, residents were given a reprieve from the smoke and were finally able to see blue skies.

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However, by Monday afternoon, the haze that has blanketed the region for weeks has returned.

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement for the South, Central and North Okanagan at 1 p.m. Those in the area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions.

However the Air Quality Health Index is still only att a two out of 10 for both the South and Central Okanagan and at a three for the North.

In Kamloops the Air Quality Health Index is sitting at a nine out of 10 — 10 being a very high health risk.

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Temperatures in the Okanagan are expected to climb after a cold front moved into the area over the weekend. Light smoke is anticipated to linger for the rest of the week as temperatures climb into the mid 20s C.

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