Update: The special air quality statement ended at 10:30 p.m.
A special air quality statement has been issued in Chatham-Kent, as hot and humid weather conditions are creating elevated pollution levels.
“High levels of air pollution have developed,” Environment Canada officials say.
“A special air quality statement is in place due to high levels of air pollution. Hot and sunny conditions have resulted in increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the above regions. High risk AQHI values are expected to persist for one to two hours.”
Forecasters added: “Higher pollution levels are expected to persist this afternoon through this evening. 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.”
Environment Canada officials encourage people to “be air aware” and check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
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.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada.
The statement was issued by Environment Canada and the Province of Ontario.
This story will be updated,