Environment Canada issues air quality warning for Nunavik
Wildfire smoke from Ontario and Manitoba expected to pass over the region Tuesday and Wednesday
Environment Canada has issued an air quality warning for Nunavik on Tuesday as smoke from distant forest fires blows through the region.
Active fires in northeastern Ontario and eastern Manitoba are expected to send smoke across northern Quebec today and Wednesday, Environment Canada said in a special air quality statement posted for each of the region’s 14 communities.
“High levels of air pollution are possible due to smoke from ongoing forest fires,” Environment Canada said in the statement.
“By Thursday morning, air quality is likely to deteriorate locally if the smoke descends to ground level.”
The federal agency warned people to watch out for symptoms like coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath, adding that children, seniors, and people with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.
The heat is also on in parts of Nunavik this week.
The region’s southernmost community, Kuujjuaraapik, was listed as Environment Canada’s hot spot in Canada on Tuesday, with temperatures hovering just above 29 C.
The average high in that part of the region in July is 15 C.
A little further up the Hudson coast, the community of Ivujivik registered Tuesday’s coldest temperature for Quebec, with a local temperature of 3 C.