The hazy sky you are noticing today is the result of forest fires in western Canada.

That is according to Natalie Hasell, Meteorologist with Environment Canada. Hasell says there are fires burning out of control in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, and even parts of Manitoba. She notes, unfortunately, the wind flow is such that the smoke from the fires is making its way into Manitoba. 

Environment Canada has issued a Special Air Quality Statement for most of Southern Manitoba. 

If it seems early in the year to have hazy conditions, Hasell confirms that it is an early start. However, she notes there have been years where the forest fire season on the prairies started already in April. 

Hasell says in southern Manitoba, most of the smoke is aloft, which is why you are probably not smelling smoke today. However, she notes there is a chance that in the next few days, the smoke will become more surface-based.

Hasell says those who are more susceptible to smoke or poor air quality should be extra careful in these conditions. This includes the very old, the very young, and anyone with chronic cardiovascular conditions. She adds some people might also become more susceptible as a result of the medication they are on. Others who might find these conditions more difficult include the homeless, pregnant women, or those who work or exercise outdoors. 

With little to no rain in the forecast this week in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Hasell says these hazy conditions are probably here to stay for the next while. 

Meanwhile, Hasell says the forest fire situation could intensify in Manitoba as the week progresses. That is because Environment Canada is calling for next to no rain this week. Instead, it will be sunny and hot. Hasell notes Thursday and Friday could be a little cooler before things heat up again on the weekend.