A person walks their dog as smoke blankets the city from nearby wildfires, in Edmonton on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
Jason Franson / The Canadian Press
A more normal hue covered Edmonton Friday morning, in stark contrast to the yellow and orange that blanketed the city Thursday, thanks to thick smoke from wildfires in northern Alberta.A special air quality statement from Environment Canada was issued Wednesday and remains in effect for Edmonton, St. Albert and Sherwood Park.“For central and southern regions, the thickest smoke is expected to move northwestwards today,” the statement read. “However, conditions may remain hazy into the weekend.”The Air Quality Health Index for Edmonton was a 3, or low risk, as of 7 a.m. It is expected to rise to a 4, or moderate risk, on the 10-point scale later in the day.The index had spiked to 10+, or very high, Thursday afternoon after the thick smoke left eyes watering and Edmontonians covering their faces as they walked outside.Environment Canada advises people with trouble breathing to stay inside and to keep windows closed.“Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air,” the statement read.Today’s forecastToday: Overcast, with widespread smoke this morning and hazy this afternoon. High of 24 C, with a UV index of 3 or moderate.Tonight: Partly cloudy, becoming clear late this evening. Hazy, with a low of 12 C.Tomorrow: Sunny in the morning, becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon. There is a risk of a thunderstorm late in the afternoon. Hazy, with a high of 28 C and a UV index of 7. Low of 13 C.