Lloydminster residents have expressed concern with regards to the hazy weather in town and smokiness.
Currently, there are no reported wildfires in the Lloydminster area. The smoke is coming from northwest winds up near Fort McMurray and area, blowing the smoke towards the southeast.
High levels of particulate matter in the air from smoke can be expected occasionally until the fire is extinguished or controlled.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.
People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.