Air pollution worsens as temps drop
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.