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Grande Prairie region dealing with poor air quality

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UPDATE: Environment Canada has ended the special air quality statement for the region.

Poor air quality is being reported in the Grande Prairie area. Monitoring stations in the city run by both the provincial government and the Peace Airshed Zone Association have the Air Quality Health Index pegged at a 7 as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, which is considered high.

Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement for the Grande Prairie – Beaverlodge – Valleyview region due to higher pollution levels. It says the AQHI is expected to drop to 5, or moderate, tonight.

The index is 5 in both Beaverlodge and Rycroft currently.

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A heat warning remains in effect for the Grande Prairie region as well. The city unofficially reached a record high of 30.6 degrees on Tuesday, topping the previous June 19th record of 30 degrees set in 1948.

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