Smokey skies could return to the Valley. (File photo)

Smokey skies could return to the Valley. (File photo)

Chance of wildfire smoke returning to the Cowichan Valley today

But it likely won’t hang around long

The Cowichan Valley may not be out of the smoke yet.

Lisa Ervin, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, said smoke from the ongoing wildfires in the province’s interior and across the border in Washington drifted into Vancouver again on the afternoon of Sept. 4, causing an air quality advisory to be issued for a brief period in the city.

She said the air currents are flowing in a south easterly direction today, which could see some of the smoke drifting across the Strait of Georgia and into eastern Vancouver Island, including the Valley.

Ervin said there’s a chance for smoke to come back to the Valley this afternoon or tonight, which may lead to another air quality advisory being issued, but it would likely only be a short-term advisory.

“A new system is forecast that could changes the air currents to a more south westerly direction, which would drive the smoke away from us,” Ervin said.

“Environment Canada will be keeping a close eye on the situation today and tonight.”