Smoke socks in a blueberry field in Pitt Meadows. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Smoke socks in a blueberry field in Pitt Meadows. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Hazy days of summer fading away in Maple Ridge

Air quality advisory in effect, but showers possible on weekend

It’s getting easier to breathe in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, sort of. Metro Vancouver’s air quality map shows an air quality health index reading of five for both cities, on a scale where 10 is worst, as of early Thursday morning.

But over a 24-hour period, the level of fine particulate matter, in this case wood smoke from the hundreds of wildfires burning in B.C., reached a reading of nine in Pitt Meadows. The air quality advisory was renewed by Metro Vancouver early Thursday and was expanded to include ground-level ozone.

Relief is expected in a few days however.

Environment Canada is calling for possibility of showers on Friday, with a high of only 20 C. Saturday and Sunday, the temperatures will be a degree cooler, with a chance of showers.

Pitt Meadows high on Wednesday was 28 C.