Wed. Apr 24th, 2019

Smoke Advisory Issued for Port Alberni and East Coast

  • Vancouver Island Inland Sections Forecast - No watches or warnings in effect.

    Forecast Issued 06:14 AM PDT Wednesday 24 April 2019 - Wednesday: Clearing this morning. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 16. UV index 5 or moderate. Wednesday night: Clear. Low plus 2. Thursday: Sunny. Increasing cloudiness late in the morning. High 16. UV index 6 or high. Thursday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Friday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 18. Friday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Saturday: Sunny. High 14. Saturday night: Clear. Low zero. Sunday: Sunny. High 17. Sunday night: Clear. Low plus 3. Monday: Sunny. High 15. Monday night: Clear. Low plus 4. Tuesday: A mix of sun and cloud. High 16.

  • Current Conditions
    Temperature
    10.3° C
    1.5 ° C/hr
    Barometer
    102.8 kPa
    0.0
    Wind
    NW 3.2 km/h
    gusting 8.0 km/h
    Humidity
    75 %
    Rain Rate
    0.0 mm/hr
    Wind Chill
    10.3° C
    Heat Index
    10.3° C
    Dewpoint
    6.0° C
    UV
    1.1
    Solar
    288 W/m2
    Last Updated: 8:45:00 PST
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  • Day Almanac
    Day's Rain
    0.0 mm
    Day ET
    0.0 mm mm
    Rain Storm
    NotAvailable mm
    Civil Rise
    05:34
    Moon Phase
    Waning gibbous (71% full)
    Civil Set
    21:01
    Day Length
    13:17:21
    Day High
    10.3° C @ 08:41 Tdy.
    Day Low
    6.7° C @ 05:52 Tdy.
    Day High Rain Rate
    0.0mm/hr00:00
    Day High Barometer
    102.8 kPa @ 08:44 Tdy.
    Day Low Barometer
    102.46 kPa @ 00:00 Tdy.
    Day Low Windchill
    6.7° C @ 05:52 Tdy.
    Day High Heat Index
    10.3° C @ 08:41 Tdy.
    Day High Wind Gust
    S 3.2km/h @ 08:40 Tdy.
    Day High Solar Radiation
    294W/m2 @ 08:44 Tdy.
    Day High UV Index
    1.1 @ 08:41 Tdy.

As you may have guessed, the Smoke Advisory remains in effect. And I don’t see much improvement in the air quality until Saturday when we’re supposed to get a little rain. There are air quality advisories of some sort for almost all of Southern BC.

Here is the warning from the BC Ministry of Environment:

WILDFIRE SMOKE ADVISORY CONTINUES FOR THE EAST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND

(Aug 5, 2010 – Nanaimo) The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Vancouver Island Health Authority is continuing a Smoke Advisory for the east coast of Vancouver Island from Cowichan Valley to Campbell River, including the communities of Duncan, Parksville, Port Alberni, Courtenay and Comox, because of forest fire smoke that is affecting some areas. Weather conditions are forcing smoke from wildfires in the interior of British Columbia to the coast, producing smoky skies throughout the South Coast Region. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. This situation is expected to persist for at least the next 24 hours.

Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

People with heart or lung conditions should reduce their levels of activity while air quality is poor. These individuals should watch for worsening of their symptoms. If this happens, they should reduce their exposure to the smoke and contact their health care provider, walk-in clinic or emergency department for advice. To speak to someone immediately about your health concerns, contact HealthLink BC, available toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 8-1-1, or via the web at: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kbaltindex.asp
Forecast weather conditions on Friday and Saturday are expected to reduce smoke concentrations over the area.