Smoky skies expected to clear up Saturday: Environment Canada

The wildfire smoke that’s inundated Kamloops and much of B.C. this week is close to clearing up, according to Environment Canada.

Meteorologist Doug Lundquist told KTW the smoke is expected to clear by the end of the day Saturday evening.

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“There’s a system moving through us here in the southwest Interior overnight tonight and through tomorrow that’ll give us showers, maybe thunderstorms and stir the atmosphere and clean the air,” Lundquist said.

He said the smoke conditions are already improving along the coastal areas of B.C.

The expected wind as well as showers bringing in cleaner air from aloft is what will lift the smoke, he said.

“Both the wind and showers together will help clean things up,” Lundquist said.

The smoke rolled in from fires burning in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and has lingered for nearly a week thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure, Lundquist said, noting it cleared mid-week before another pulse moved in.

The air quality index was listed as a six — or moderate risk — in Kamloops Thursday afternoon.

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