Air pol­lu­tion wors­ens as temps drop

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: With tem­per­a­tures dip­ping in the city, pol­lu­tion lev­els breached the poor cat­e­gory mark on Tues­day. Ac­cord­ing to the Sys­tem of Air Qual­ity Weather Fore­cast­ing and Re­search (SAFAR), Air Qual­ity In­dex was 202 (poor) dur­ing the day and marginally im­proved to 201in the evening.

SAFAR’s scale rates air qual­ity in­dex of 201-300 as poor which means peo­ple with heart or lung dis­eases, older adults and chil­dren are at risk.

Gufran Beig, project di­rec­tor, SAFAR, said, “Tem­per­a­tures are drop­ping as win­ter be­gins to set in. Hu­mid­ity lev­els too are high. This causes pol­lu­tants to re­main in the air for longer. The air is ex­pected to be in poor cat­e­gory in the com­ing times as tem­per­a­tures will drop fur­ther.” SAFAR has fore­cast the city’s AQI to be at 203 on Wed­nes­day. On Mon­day, tem­per­a­tures for the first time dipped be­low 20 de­grees Cel­sius. IMD’s San­tacruz ob­ser­va­tory recorded min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 19.3 de­grees Cel­sius and the Co­laba ob­ser­va­tory 22 de­grees Cel­sius.

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