The city continued reeling under ‘poor’ air quality levels, as recorded by the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), with the air quality index (AQI) standing at 259.
An AQI between 100 and 200 falls in the ‘moderate’ category, 200 to 300 in the ‘poor’ category, and 300 to 400 ‘very poor’ category. SAFAR has predicted poor AQI of 260 for Saturday.
A poor AQI means Mumbaiites with heart or lung diseases, elderly people and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion. There is also an increasing chance of respiratory irregularities in sensitive individuals. Children and elderly people will be at risk. Everyone may begin experiencing some level of discomfort.
Of 10 locations, Andheri, BKC, Malad and Navi Mumbai, recorded ‘very poor’ air. Places at Chembur, Borivli, Worli, and Colaba witnessed ‘poor’ air quality levels. Only two locations – Bhandup and Mazagaon – recorded ‘moderate’ air quality.
Temperatures, both day and night, were almost normal.
According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), maximum temperature recorded at Santacruz was 33.5 degrees Celsius (1 degree above normal), while it was normal at 32.4 degrees Celsius at south Mumbai.
The minimum temperatures rose slightly from the previous day but were not above the mark – Colaba at 22 degree Celsius, and 19.2 degres Celsius at Santacruz.
Humidity levels stood at 82% in south Mumbai and 52% in the suburbs.
The IMD has predicted clear skies on Wednesday with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius and minimum temperature of 19 degrees Celsius.