VIDEO: Rain arrives in Langley

A few days of on-and-off again moisture on the books for Langley and rest of the Lower Mainland.

Environment Canada is predicting showers will continue through Saturday for Langley, and much of the Lower Mainland.

It appears the extreme hot weather that has been prominent in the Langley might be done.

After months with little more than a few showers, the skies opened up and Langley received a dump of rain today.

In the meantime, Metro Vancouver is continuing an air-quality advisory for Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley because of high concentrations of fine particulate matter.

According to Environment Canada, the persistent weather pattern over the Pacific Northwest has transported smoke into the region from wildfires burning in Washington State and the B.C. Interior.

Smoke concentrations may vary widely across the region as winds and temperatures change, and as wildfire behaviour changes.

This advisory is expected to continue until there is a significant change in the weather.

Right now, Environment Canada is indicating that there’s a 70 per cent chance of showers for Saturday. Today’s temperature is expected to reach a high of 21-degrees Celsius. Saturday’s temperature high will be 17-degrees Celsius.

Metro Vancouver works in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Fraser Valley Regional District and B.C. Ministry of Environment to look after air quality.

Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution. They will generally experience more serious health effects at lower levels. Pollution can aggravate their diseases, leading to increased medication use, doctor and emergency room visits, and hospital visits.

Be air aware! For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.

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