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Hot weather elevating air pollution, Environment Canada warns

High temperatures are increasing levels of air pollution in Saturday, according to Environment Canada.
Toronto residents looking to enjoy the sunny weather on Saturday may experience breathing issues due to elevated pollution levels, according to Environment Canada. 

The agency issued an automatic alert just before noon that hot and humid weather conditions are elevating air pollution levels. Environment Canada said the “possibility of deteriorating air quality” is greatest in the afternoon. On Friday, the agency issued a two-day heat warning for Toronto.

Environment Canada has issued the statement for regions across southern Ontario, including the GTA, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Southern Wellington County, Chatham-Kent, Northern Durham Region, Windsor-Leamington-Essex County and Southern Huron County.

Elevated air pollution can cause coughing, throat irritation, headaches and shortness of breath, the agency said. The statement adds children, seniors and those with cardiovascular or lung diseases are at higher risk.

Environment Canada asks people experiencing symptoms to reschedule outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.

 

Isaac Phan Nay is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach him via email: iphannay@thestar.ca

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