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The northeastern United States have been under air-quality warnings all week as smoke from Quebec forest fires drifts south. In New York City, the air quality was reportedly the worst it’s been since the 1980s. The New York Post took the opportunity to poke a little fun, with a front-page headline that hollered: BLAME CANADA! beneath an equally sensational “Eh!pocalypse Now.”

Rather than commenting on the fumes we deal with from U.S. political dumpster fires, we’ll say what you expect us to: Sorry.

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Meanwhile north of the border, around 128 fires were active in Quebec, down from around 160 earlier in the week. About 100 firefighters have arrived from France, joined by around 50 from New Brunswick. SOPFEU has about 518 of its own firefighters in place, along with about 150 members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

The air quality over Montreal and other large urban centres in Quebec improved on Thursday.

Expect a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 20 C during the day, with a UV index of 7, or high. At night, a low of 11 C with a few clouds. The sunshine should persist through the weekend.

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