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Lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer

People with lung conditions should take precautions

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MANITOBA Health officials are warning those with lung conditions to take precautions as hazy conditions caused by forest fires in Alberta and Saskatchewan continue to linger over the province.

On Friday, the province issued a smoke advisory, with levels expected to vary across the central and northern parts of Manitoba over the next few days.

Flin Flon and The Pas are expected to be particularly smoky.

Those at a higher risk of being sensitive to the smoke -- such as young children, the elderly, and those suffering from asthma or other lung and heart conditions -- should take extra precaution of the conditions, especially if there is a smoke odour in the air and if visibility is less than eight kilometres.

Exposure to smoke can cause sore eyes, tears, coughing and a runny nose.

In areas affected by smoke, experts suggest avoiding strenuous physical activity and moving to areas with cleaner air, such as indoors, the province said.

Those with health questions or concerns can call, toll free, 1-888-315-9257.

Sunday will give Winnipeggers a break from the sun, but not the heat, according to Environment Canada forecasts. It's expected to be mainly cloudy Sunday, but very muggy, with highs of 32 C and a risk of rain in the afternoon and thunderstorms in the evening.

Next week will see more of July's hot, sticky weather, with plenty of sun and highs near 30 C.

Meanwhile, the city is inviting people to cool off in city buildings over the weekend, including leisure centres, indoor pools and some libraries.

The public can come in, read a book, get their water bottles refilled by city staff and catch a break from the heat. The city has also set up a water station near the Main Street Project so vulnerable people can have access to clean, cold water during the heat wave.

Some outdoor pools are staying open until 8 p.m. and spray pads are also open longer hours.

For more information and to find out when your local pool or spray pad is open, call the city's information line at 311.

-- Staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 15, 2012 A3

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