Anyone outside or with a window in the Fraser Valley can tell the air quality Saturday afternoon is not good.
But just how bad is it? Among the worst on the planet, according to a global air quality monitoring website.
As of noon on Saturday, among major world cities, Vancouver ranked second worst only to Portland, Ore., and worse than Hanoi, Vietnam; Los Angelas, Calif.; Delhi, India; Mexico City; and Beijing, China.
The bad air quality in western North America is resulting from serious wildfires in Northern California and Oregon, fires that are spreading into Washington State.
According to IQAir.com, the world’s largest real-time air quality information platform, which uses data from Environment Canada, Metro Vancouver, and airports around the world, the air quality index (AQI) of 198 in Vancouver was second for major cities only to Portland at 253.
Vancouver’s AQI puts it in the “unhealthy” category, while Portland’s is ranked as “very unhealthy.” Some smaller communities in Oregon were at 400 and even higher, such as Pioneer Hills at 506, were into the “hazardous” category.
As for more locally, Abbotsford Airport was recording an AQI of 191 at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12, 2020, while Chilliwack Airport was only recording a level of 97 in the “moderate” category.
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