Hot weather increases air pollution on Saturday: Environment Canada

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According to Environment Canada, residents of Toronto who want to take advantage of the sunny weather on Saturday could have respiratory problems due to high pollution levels.

The agency issued an automatic alert just before noon that hot and humid weather conditions are increasing air pollution levels. Environment Canada said the “opportunity for deteriorating air quality” is greatest in the afternoon. On Friday, the agency issued a two-day heat warning for Toronto.

Environment Canada has released the statement for areas of southern Ontario including the GTA, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Southern Wellington County, Chatham-Kent, North Durham Region, Windsor County- Leamington-Essex and southern Huron County.

High air pollution can cause coughing, throat irritation, headaches and shortness of breath, the agency said. The statement adds that children, the elderly and people with cardiovascular or lung disease are at greater risk.

Environment Canada is asking people with symptoms to postpone outdoor activities until the special air quality statement is lifted.

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