Smoke forecast models indicate the potential for a significant push of smoke into BC throughout the weekend.
The smoky skies bulletin issued for southern BC, including for Metro Vancouver, has been extended.
The region is being impacted from smoke that is coming from wildfires in the western United States. The smoke trajectory indicates the most widespread impacts will be felt on Sunday.
With falling temperatures overnight, temperature inversions in mountain valleys can increase the likelihood of smoke being trapped near the ground, the Ministry of Environment said.
People with pre-existing health conditions, respiratory infections such as COVID-19, older adults, pregnant women and infants, children, and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.
Exposure to wildfire smoke and the virus that causes COVID-19 can both result in respiratory symptoms such as a dry cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing.