Regina Weather Update: Air Quality Alert Due to Wildfire Smoke

Air Quality Alert

Poor Air Quality and Reduced Visibility in Regina

REGINA, SK – An air quality alert has been issued for Regina as wildfire smoke is causing or expected to cause poor air quality and reduced visibility. A trough of low pressure is concentrating the smoke and fine particulate matter (PM 2.5), which will move south and east throughout the night. Conditions are expected to improve gradually by Monday night.

Current Weather Conditions

Observed at: Regina International Airport
Date: 3:00 AM CST Monday, 8 July 2024
Condition: Smoke
Temperature: 11.6°C
Dew Point: 11.4°C
Humidity: 99%
Wind: W at 6 km/h
Pressure: 101.6 kPa (Falling)
Visibility: 5 km

Forecast for the Coming Days

Today: Monday, 8 July 2024

  • Morning: Dense smoke with visibility reduced to 5 km. Temperature around 12°C.
  • Afternoon: Widespread smoke persists. High of 27°C with a humidex of 29. UV index is very high at 8.
  • Evening: A few clouds. Low of 15°C.

Tomorrow: Tuesday, 9 July 2024

  • Daytime: Sunny skies. High of 29°C.
  • Night: Clear skies. Low of 15°C.

Wednesday, 10 July 2024

  • Daytime: Sunny with a high of 30°C.
  • Night: Clear skies. Low of 18°C.

Thursday, 11 July 2024

  • Daytime: Sunny and warm with a high of 32°C.
  • Night: Clear skies. Low of 18°C.

Health and Safety Advisory

The fine particles in wildfire smoke pose significant health risks. Individuals more likely to be impacted by the smoke include seniors, pregnant women, smokers, infants, young children, outdoor workers, those engaging in strenuous outdoor activities, and individuals with chronic health conditions.

Symptoms to Watch For:

  • Milder symptoms: eye, nose, and throat irritation.
  • Serious symptoms: chest pains, severe cough, or difficulty breathing. Seek immediate medical attention if experiencing severe symptoms.

Safety Tips:

  • Limit outdoor activities and stay indoors as much as possible.
  • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent smoke from entering.
  • Use air filters in your ventilation system or certified portable air purifiers to improve indoor air quality.
  • When outdoors, wear a well-fitting N95 respirator mask to reduce exposure to fine particles.
  • Check on vulnerable individuals who may be more affected by the smoke.

Historical Weather Data

  • Historic High for July 8: 35.6°C
  • Historic Low for July 8: 6.0°C

Wardrobe Suggestions

With temperatures rising to the high 20s and early 30s, light, breathable clothing is recommended. If you need to go outside, consider wearing long sleeves and pants to reduce direct exposure to smoky air, and don’t forget your N95 mask for added protection.

Interesting Weather Trivia

Did you know? Regina has experienced notable air quality challenges in the past due to wildfire smoke. In 2015, widespread wildfires in northern Saskatchewan significantly impacted air quality in Regina, prompting similar health advisories and safety measures.

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