Mumbai as air quality worsens

The air quality index of mumbai worsened to levels on Wednesday which the city hadn’t seen in October 2017 since Diwali, the Mumbai pm2.5 level. The town was engulfed by haze and temperatures rose.

Monitoring stations throughout the city listed poor to air quality, an official of the India Meteorological Department told PTI, attributing it to dust particles from heavy traffic, the atmosphere and construction work.

On Wednesday, Mumbai had an air quality indicator of 273, based on SAFAR (System of Air Quality Forecasting And Research) — that was higher than Tuesday’s 268. An indicator level between 201 and 300 is categorised as”poor”. Researchers in the organization said the air quality indicator would improve to approximately 265. At 4.52 pm on Wednesday, the concentration of this pollutant PM 2.5 — particulate matter of size up to 2.5 microns — was 327 micro grams per cubic metre (very poor) at Bhandup and Bandra.

“We expect pollution levels to keep from the’bad’ category till Thursday as western disturbances are pulling in a great deal of moisture, allowing pollutants to be suspended near the planet’s surface,” Gufran Beig, project director at SAFAR, told the Hindustan Times. “If there is more sunshine, the heat will reduce the pollution and moisture levels.”

Moisture levels resulted in the increase Delhi air today. Santacruz listed 21.5 degrees Celsius, 4.3 degrees above normal, and Colaba listed 23 degrees Celsius, 3.6 degrees above normal, the Hindustan Times reported.