Southwestern Saskatchewan has been under a slight haze of smoke since yesterday afternoon, but the end of the conditions might be in sight. 

Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a special air quality statement last night and conditions exacerbated overnight to moderate risk or a six on the air quality health index.

Terri Lang, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said the majority of the smokey air stayed in the upper atmosphere.

"Some did mix down and there's varying degrees of how much it's affected the air quality health index," she said. "The smoke is coming from the fires in northeastern British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and northern Alberta."

She believes it should clear away by later this afternoon, but it could be back later this week. 

"It doesn't look like it's going to be anything too severe or anything like that, just with the way the upper winds are travelling," she said.

A heat wave is about to introduce itself to southwestern Saskatchewan over the next week and if the smoke were to stick around, it could play a factor on the projected daytime highs.

"It can dampen the heat, it depends on how thick the smoke is," she said. "Thick smoke will temper the temperature down... if it's a thin layer, it generally doesn't have too much of an effect."