Along with the heat that has settled into the area, we are also dealing with some smoky conditions as well as prompting Environment Canada to issue a special air quality statement. 

"If you look at the satellite picture," explained Environment Canada's Terri Laing, "there's lots of wildfire smoke coming mostly from British Columbia but there is a contribution from northern Alberta."

She added that it's the northwesterly winds higher in the atmosphere that is bringing the smoke to the area.

"And it's being trapped because we have this big ridge of high pressure that is very, very stable. We are expecting the wildfire smoke to be around for the next few days at least because it is being trapped."

"We're hoping that most of the wildfire smoke will stay aloft, meaning it will not mix down to the surface because when it mixes down tot he surface then you start having problems with visibility and also problems with air quality and health effects from that."

People with breathing issues may struggle during this time. Laing suggests either staying indoors or finding a way to filter the air to decrease the effects of the smoke. Also, children and the elderly are more susceptible to poor air quality. 

However, there is relief in sight. 

"I think that when the weather changes, when we see the cold front moving through and the upper winds change and the stability of the atmosphere changes which is on the weekend, that's when I think we'll see some relief to all of this smoke."

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