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Air advisory in effect for Fraser Valley

Advisory in effect until further notice
An air quality advisory has been issued for the Central and Eastern Fraser Valley on Monday, July 8.

Metro Vancouver Regional District has issued an air quality advisory on Monday, July 8, due to elevated smog expected for the next few days. The air quality issues is caused by hot and sunny weather combined with local emissions. 

The advisory is in effect for Central Fraser Valley (Abbotsford, Mission, Hatzic Island and Nicomen Island) and Eastern Fraser Valley (Chilliwack, Cultus, Hope, Deroche, Lake Errock, Harrison Mills, Chilliwack Lake, Popkum, Kent, Harrison, Laidlaw and Seabird Island.)

Metro Vancouver advises those in the affected areas to consider postponing or limiting outdoor activities, particularly for those residents and visitors at high risk, living with lung or heart conditions, diabetes or those who are pregnant, infants, children or older adults. 

"Stay cool and drink plenty of water. At home, use portable or central air conditioning," a statement from the Metro Vancouver reads. " If your home is too smoky or hot, spend time in community spaces that have air conditioning. These can include community centres, libraries, and shopping malls. Check with your municipality to see if cooling centres are available near you."

Anyone showing symptoms of chest discomfort, shortness of breath, severe coughing or wheezing or dizziness should seek medical care. Check on family, friends and neighbours often. 

The air quality advisory will remain in place until further notice. 

More to come. 

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