Special weather and air quality statement issued for Ottawa area

Significant rainfall warning issued for Ottawa

As a result of the continuing wildfires in northwestern Ontario, much of the province including the Ottawa area is under a special air quality statement from Environment Canada due to elevated pollution levels. Canada’s trusted weather source also warns of isolated thunderstorms accompanied by short downpours and high winds.

Special weather statement in effect for:

  • Ottawa North – Kanata – Orléans
  • Ottawa South – Richmond – Metcalfe

Environment Canada says Ottawa residents could expect isolated thunderstorms with small hail, brief downpours and wind gusts to 70 km/h may affect Eastern Ontario this afternoon into early this evening.

At this point, thunderstorms are expected to remain below severe limits.

Environment and Climate Change Canada is closely monitoring the situation.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ONstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #ONStorm.

10:57 AM EDT Monday 26 July 2021
Special air quality statement in effect for:

  • Ottawa North – Kanata – Orléans
  • Ottawa South – Richmond – Metcalfe

Elevated pollution levels are expected or occurring.

High levels of air pollution due to smoke from forest fires are possible today. Smoke plumes may move over central and eastern Ontario from forest fires in northwestern Ontario. Air quality may deteriorate if the smoke descends to ground level.

If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly-changing mixture of particles and gases which includes many chemicals that can be harmful to your health.

For more details, please consult www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/air-quality-health-index/wildfire-smoke.html.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.

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