The quality of the air you breathe improved with temperature, humidity and wind speed increasing in Mumbai on Thursday.
The System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded 299 on the pollutant measuring air quality index (AQI) during the day, and 286 by evening, both falling under the ‘poor’ category.
On Wednesday, Mumbai recorded high pollution levels, the AQI dropping to 304 (very poor) for the first time since the day after Diwali. SAFAR predicted similar AQI levels for Friday, at 284 (poor).
On Thursday, both day and night temperatures were 2 degrees Celsius above normal. The maximum temperature at the Santacruz weather station was 35.6 degrees Celsius, 2.3 degrees above normal; Colaba recorded 35.3 degrees Celsius, 2.2 degrees above normal. Minimum temperatures at Santacruz was 23.2 degrees Celsius, 2.3 degrees Celsius above normal and 25 degrees Celsius at Colaba, 2 degrees above normal. Moisture levels were high in south Mumbai on Thursday as Colaba recorded 81% humidity while 54% was recorded at Santacruz, closer to the normal mark.
Weather bureau officials said with rise in temperatures, pollutant particles could not settle close to the earth’s surface. “Warm winds from the eastern parts of the city led to a rise in temperatures both during day and night. Pollutants were dispersed faster on Thursday because of an increase in wind speed,” said VK Rajeev, director, western region, India Meteorological Department. “We expect current conditions to continue till Saturday and temperatures are expected to drop after that.”
Four of 10 locations in Mumbai recorded ‘very poor’ AQI levels on Thursday with Andheri being the most polluted spot with an AQI of 349 (very poor). Locations such as Bandra Kurla Complex, Malad and Mazgaon followed suit with ‘very poor’ AQI while all remaining locations recorded ‘poor’ air quality.
AQI in Mumbai
Mumbai (overall) on Thursday morning: 299
Mumbai (overall) on Thursday evening: 286
Mumbai (overall) forecast for Friday: 284
Delhi (overall) on Thursday evening: 332
Mumbai (overall) on Monday: 261
Mumbai (overall) on Tuesday: 291
Mumbai (overall) on Wednesday: 305
AQI at 10 locations in Mumbai on Thursday and Prediction for Friday
|Location||AQI on Thursday||Predicted AQI for Friday|
|Andheri||349 (Very Poor)||320 (Very Poor)|
|Bandra Kurla Complex||319 (Very Poor)||321 (Very Poor)|
|Mazgaon||313 (Very Poor)||313 (Very Poor)|
|Malad||305 (Very Poor)||304 (Very Poor)|
|Navi Mumbai||285 (Poor)||297 (Poor)|
|Chembur||265 (Poor)||259 (Poor)|
|Borivali||265 (Poor)||280 (Poor)|
|Worli||263 (Poor)||262 (Poor)|
|Colaba||246 (Poor)||249 (Poor)|
|Bhandup||249 (Poor)||235 (Poor)|
(All AQI levels are in PM2.5 values monitored by the SAFAR)