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Red Deer air quality risk moderate

Red Deer’s air quality remains at a moderate risk for people with diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, seniors and children.

On Wednesday, Alberta Health Services issued an air quality advisory for Edmonton because of the poor air quality caused by a temperature inversion. In Red Deer, there was a slight haze over the city in the afternoon.

Dr. Digby Horne, a medical officer of health for Central Alberta, said the Air Quality Health Index showed that Red Deer was at 5 on Thursday but was expected to improve to a 4 by evening.

“There was a temperature inversion, which is warm air on top of cold air, which is trapping the dissipation of pollutants,” said Horne.

That puts the air quality at a moderate risk (4 to 6) category, which suggests people within the at-risk population should take it easy when outside.

The general population should not modify their regular outdoor activities unless they are experiencing coughing or throat irritation.

AHS continues to monitor the situation.

 
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