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Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley under air quality advisory due to pollution

Global News logo Global News 2020-07-31 Simon Little
a close up of a sign: Parts of the Lower Mainland are under an air-quality advisory due to pollution and hot weather. © batuhan toker via Getty Images Parts of the Lower Mainland are under an air-quality advisory due to pollution and hot weather.

Eastern Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley were placed under an air quality advisory Thursday afternoon.

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The Metro Vancouver Regional District issued the advisory citing high levels of ground-level ozone.

Ground-level ozone is created when pollutants from burning fuel react with organic compounds produced by solvents in sunlight.

It is most commonly seen in the mid-afternoon and early evening during summer.

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It can be particularly harmful to infants, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

Metro Vancouver says the conditions are expected to persist until Friday.

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