The smoke in the area may be hanging around longer than initially anticipated.
 
At the moment, almost all of Alberta is under an air quality statement. Medicine Hat and Cypress Hills Provincial Park are the only exceptions.
 
Wind is blowing B.C. wildfire smoke into the province resulting in poor air quality and reduced visibility. The worst of the air quality is expected on Tuesday evening (Aug.14) and throughout Wednesday.
 
"You could be in it for quite a bit longer than initially thought," said Natalie Hansell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada.
 
The conditions are expected to clear. However, winds will come in on Wednesday afternoon which may bring more smoke from fires in northeast Alberta and northern Saskatchewan. Luckily, the concentration should be less, as there are fewer fires in that area.
 
The smoke will likely affect a large part of the population. Young children, seniors, people who work outdoor for extended periods of time and those with cardiovascular or lung diseases, like asthma or diabetes, are particularly at risk.
 
"It's really important to pay attention to how you're doing. If you have breathing difficulties, find a place inside where the air is relatively cool, well filtered and ventilated."
 
Hansell says it's a good idea to plan your day to have as little exposure to these conditions as possible.
 
In the local area, Bon Accord and Gibbons got the worst of the wildfire smoke last week.
 
 

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