As wildfire smoke from northwestern Ontario returns to the region, a unique air quality statement is also issued.
On Sunday evening, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Ottawa.
As of 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Environment Canada said the thunderstorm was centered over Ottawa and traveling east at 40 km/h.
According to the weather service, the storm was capable of delivering wind gusts of up to 90 km/h and hail the size of ping pong balls.
Ottawa, Gloucester, Orléans, Nepean Bay, Hull, Dows Lake, McKay Lake, Vanier, Vars, Sarsfield, and Hammond were all likely to be impacted.
To the east of Ottawa, a thunderstorm warning was also in force for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell.
The smoke from the wildfires has returned.
Smoke from wildfires burning in northwestern Ontario returned to the eastern half of the province, prompting the meteorological service to issue a unique air quality statement for the Ottawa region earlier Sunday.
The notification adds, “Smoke plumes from active forest fires in northwest Ontario may cause impaired air quality areas of eastern Ontario tonight.”
The city’s air quality was declared inadequate on Sunday, a week after a grey, smokey haze shrouded the skies early last week.
On Monday, Environment Canada issued an air quality advisory for sections of eastern Ontario and a smog warning for western Quebec, which remained in effect until a cold front moved through the province the next day, clearing the smoke.
“Coughing, throat discomfort, headaches, and shortness of breath are some of the symptoms that people may suffer. Children, the elderly, and people with heart or lung illnesses, such as asthma, are particularly vulnerable. “The statement contains a warning.
Other portions of southern Ontario, including Toronto, have received similar warnings.
Gatineau, Que., is also under a pollution warning.
“Asthmatic youngsters, those with respiratory illnesses, and adults with heart disease are particularly vulnerable to smog. As a result, it is advised that these folks refrain from engaging in strenuous physical activity outside until the smog alert has been lifted, “According to Environment Canada.
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