Terri Lang with Environment Canada gives an update on the smoke coming from the British Columbia fires.

Lang says, "It looks like the smoke will be with us throughout the day. Slight improvement overnight into tomorrow, but then it looks like its going to move back in late tomorrow into Sunday and become thick again. That is what the smoke dispersion models are indicating." 

"There’s no end to the amount of smoke being produced in British Columbia because of all the fires, no relief, no rain and the wind directing the smoke our way."

Although we haven't had smoke as thick as B.C. and Alberta, it doesn't mean we are out of the smoke yet.  

"It depends on how much smoke comes from British Colombia and it'll also depend on the stability of the atmosphere we have here, meaning is the atmosphere trapping smoke, is it coming down to the surface and that's why on Sunday it looks like that will be the case we see as more of it's coming to the surface."

Temperatures have been not been as high as the forecast and the smoke is a factor in that.

"The smoke acts as a little bit of filter on the temperatures, but unfortunately we do not have the ability to put smoke into the long-term forecast. It looks like the temperatures will stay on the seasonal values, although it would be nice to get some rain. We haven't seen rain is a very long time across many regions, but we don't see that coming quite yet.

People who have breathing issues and other health issues need to heed the warning from the health officials, by taking care when there is smoke in the air and not putting themselves at risk.

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