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Air quality statement issued for southern Ontario

Smoke from active forest fires in northwestern Ontario has prompted an air quality statement to be issued for the southern parts of the province.

Environment Canada issued a special air quality statement Monday evening for areas including Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton, London-Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford counties and midwestern Ontario.

The weather agency says the smoke is causing poor air quality and visibility. High levels of air pollution from the smoke are also possible.

Officials add haziness has been reported at several stations in the area, air pollution and poor visibility may worsen if the smoke descends to ground level.

Forecasters predict a cold front expected to move through the area on Tuesday will improve air conditions.

Meantime, those who are sensitive to air pollution, such as children and seniors, and those with respiratory conditions, are advised to take extra precautions to reduce exposure to the outdoors.
Symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath are possible during deteriorating air conditions.
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