Environment Canada issues special air quality statement for southern Kawarthas for Tuesday

Hot and sunny conditions have resulted in high pollution levels for the afternoon and evening

The sun in a hazy sky. (Stock photo)

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for the southern Kawarthas region for Tuesday (June 21) due to hot and humid weather conditions creating elevated pollution levels.

The special air quality statement is in effect for Peterborough and southern Peterborough County, Lindsay and southern Kawartha Lakes, and Northumberland County,

Hot and sunny conditions have resulted in increasing ground-level ozone concentrations in the above regions.

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High-risk air quality health index (AQHI) values are expected to persist for one to two hours Thursday afternoon, with high pollution levels continuing throughout the afternoon into the evening.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.