Special weather statements have been issued for most of Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba.
Terri Lang with Environment Canada said a northwesterly flow aloft is helping to transport smoke from forest fires in Alberta and BC into southern Saskatchewan today.
“It’s being complicated by the fact that we have a big ridge of high pressure, which is bringing us the heat, but it’s also trapping the smoke into the atmosphere.”
Lang at the weather office said northwesterly flow is what’s wafting the smoke into the region, causing poor air quality and in some cases reduced visibility.
“In some areas, we are seeing the smoke mixing down towards the surface and that’s why we are having these air quality statements put out just so that those with breathing issues can take the precautions that they need.”
This smoke will continue through most of Wednesday, and is forecast to dissipate Thursday when wind patterns change.