Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for Chatham-Kent, and much of Southwestern Ontario, as possible high levels of air pollution are expected today.
The statement is in place sue to the possibility of deteriorating air quality.
Hot and sunny conditions are expected to cause increasing ground-level ozone concentrations this afternoon in the above regions.
Moderate risk AQHI values are expected throughout the day with the potential of short term high risk AQHI values in the afternoon.
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.
Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
If you are experiencing symptoms, such as coughing or throat irritation, consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.
Exposure to air pollution is particularly a health concern for people with heart or breathing problems, those with diabetes, children and the elderly.
Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.