Clark County's air quality to shift between moderate and unhealthy

A window washer cleans a plus 15 in downtown Calgary as the city was hit with heavy smoke on Wednesday

There have been more than two dozen such alerts since 2015, with more than half of them attributed to wildfire smoke.

A change in the weather is expected late Wednesday, she said, when a cold front will sweep across the province, bringing cooler temperatures, scattered showers, wind gusts and the potential for thunderstorms.

Only far northwestern B.C. remains clear of the air quality statement in effect for the rest of the province.

In Spokane, air quality slipped into the "hazardous" range.

Officials recommend staying inside with windows closed and air conditioners set to recirculate. If you have to go outside to walk the dog, keep it short to protect both person and pet.

The Spare the Air alert for smog on Sunday is the eighth issued this year by the district.

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While he can't say if the current air quality is the worst ever seen in the region, Ries says the current levels are among the worst recorded with modern equipment. Unhealthy air will be common across the lowlands.

Now, another index conveys just how risky the air quality is. People with chronic sinus issues, chronic lung issues, and asthma may experience symptoms as well due to small particulate matter in the air.

Air pollution in the Tacoma area Monday was worse than some of the world's most populated cities like Bejing and Delhi, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's air-quality index. Learn more about building your own air purifier by clicking here.

Respirologist Dr. Don Sin with St. Paul's Hospital tells Breakfast Television that if you have to choice but to work outside, it's advisable to wear a properly-fitting N95 surgical mask to filter out the potentially harmful particles.

The Federal Aviation Administration said airplanes bound for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport may be delayed because of low visibility.

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