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Air quality statement ends for Toronto

Last Updated Mar 9, 2019 at 12:35 pm EDT

Stock photo of Toronto skyline.

A special air quality statement issued by Environment Canada due to higher levels of pollution has ended for Toronto.

The air quality health index remains in the moderate risk category.

Environment Canada meteorologist Alisa Young said statement was issued because the higher levels of pollution had been building up over the last couple of days.

“Because the air is stable, all the pollutants are kept close to the ground and so you end up with this buildup of poor air quality, which happens overnight into the early morning hours.

The national agency warns that residents could experience throat irritations, headaches, shortness of breath or coughing. Children, seniors or adults with asthma, lung or cardiovascular illnesses are especially at risk.