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When will the haze over Metro Vancouver finally clear?

(Tim James, NEWS 1130 Photo)

METRO VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We’re going to have be patient while waiting for the smoky air to clear out of Metro Vancouver.

Metro Vancouver Air Quality Analyst Kyle Howe says today, they measured higher concentrations of fine particulate matter compared to yesterday, meaning the air quality has worsened.

“We’ve seen that fine particulate matter concentrations have increased overnight for various portions of our region and we have a number of stations in our monitoring network that are above our threshold for advisory levels of fine particulate matter.”

“Environment Canada’s forecast is showing that there is a series of small disturbances that will be moving over our region, starting tomorrow,” he adds.

That could start clearing the smoke. But Howe adds it won’t happen quickly.

“I would caution that given the volume of smoke that we’ve seen within our airshed and also more generally within the Pacific Northwest, that any change in weather conditions will take some time to actually clear out the smoke that we’re seeing.”

The whole lower half of BC is under air quality advisories.