Air quality in the Central Okanagan has gone from bad to worse because of wildfire smoke.
On Thursday morning, the region’s air quality health index rating (AQHI) was at the province’s maximum, or worst, level — 10-plus.
The province’s AQHI rating system has four levels: low health risk (1-3), moderate health risk (4-6), high health risk (7-10) and very high (10-plus).
On Tuesday afternoon, the Central Okanagan had a moderate rating (6) before spiking into the 10-plus range at 5 p.m.
Overnight, the levels fell into the moderate category before bouncing into the 10 rating on Wednesday afternoon. From there, they fell to 7 overnight before climbing up to 9 at 9 a.m., then 10-plus at 10 a.m.
The Central Okanagan isn’t the only region at 10-plus as of Thursday morning: so, too, were the North Okanagan and Castlegar.
Kamloops was rated at high (10) while, notably, the South Okanagan had no rating.
The province says AQHI values for the South Okanagan will be unavailable until a new permanent air quality monitoring station is established.
However, Global Okanagan scenic cameras show variable conditions throughout the South Okanagan.
More about the province’s AQHI can be found on its website.
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