Mumbai sees season's second coldest morning; AQI 'very poor' - See Pics

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 04:14 PM IST
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Mercury levels in Mumbai have dipped again with the city recording its' second coldest morning of the season on Tuesday.

IMD Santacruz observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 13.4°C on morning while the Colaba observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 15.2°C.

Mumbai witnessed its coldest morning this season on January 10, when the city recorded a minimum temperature of 13.2°C

Meanwhile, Mumbai's air quality was in the 'very poor' category with the air quality index (AQI) being recorded at 354 on Tuesday noon due to a dust storm.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the impact of dust storms in Maharashtra (Mumbai and Pune) has reduced drastically and will become negligible by tomorrow.

"AQI of Mumbai has improved significantly to 'Very Poor' and likely to improve further to 'lower end of Very Poor' or 'poor' for the next two days," said the official statement from SAFAR.

One of the worst affected areas is Colaba, which reported an AQI of 513 in the 'severe' category on Tuesday morning when the overall AQI of the state capital was 387.

However, by noon the AQI of Colaba sttod at 398 in the 'very poor' category.

As per the government agencies, an AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'

Following the dust storm on Sunday, financial capital's air quality index (AQI) crossed 500 on Monday morning, settling in the ‘severe’ category.

Even as the AQI dropped to 453 by evening on Monday it remained in the severe category and worst as compared to other cities like Pune, Ahemdabad which too were hit by the dust storm.

On Monday evening Mumbai recorded AQI (PM 2.5 - fine inhalable particles) of 453 (severe), Pune and Ahemdabad recorded an AQI of 365 (very poor) and 311 (very poor) respectively, whereas Delhi during the same time recorded an AQI of 232.

SAFAR categorises AQI levels for PM2.5 in the 0-50 range as good; 51-100 as satisfactory; 101-200 as moderate; 201-300 as poor; 301-400 as very poor and above 400 as severe. CPCB states that ‘poor’ air quality can cause “breathing discomfort to most people on prolonged exposure.”

Of the nine monitoring locations operated by SAFAR across Mumbai (excluding Navi Mumbai), six of them showed significantly worse air quality than the city’s average on Monday recording AQI in the severe category.

On Monday evening Mazgaon registered the city’s most polluted air with an AQI of 573, followed by Colaba with an AQI of 513 followed by Malad - 453, Borivali - 451, Andheri - 426 and Chembur - 416 all in the severe category. The remaining locations recorded ‘very poor’ air on Monday included -- Bhandup - 382, Worli - 349 and Bandra-Kurla Complex - 328.

(With ANI inputs)

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