Hazy situations continued for the second consecutive day as air pollution ranges noticed a pointy spike in some areas throughout Mumbai on Sunday. Pollutant-measuring indicator – air high quality index (AQI) – was recorded at 100 (passable) for PM2.5 pollutant, as a skinny layer of smog was witnessed throughout the town skyline. That is the worst air high quality witnessed by the town since March 21 when the primary part of the Covid-19 lockdown was declared, System of Air High quality Climate Forecasting and Analysis (SAFAR) said.
Bandra Kurla Advanced (BKC) recorded the worst air high quality within the metropolis with ‘very poor’ AQI of 304 on Sunday. Air high quality worsened throughout all different 9 areas as properly. Navi Mumbai recorded an AQI of 156 (average) adopted by Borivli (139) and Malad (135).
Different areas recorded ‘passable’ AQI ranges. SAFAR categorises AQI ranges for PM2.5 within the 0-50 vary as ‘good’; 51-100 as ‘passable’; 101-200 as ‘average’; 201-300 as ‘poor’; 301-400 as ‘very poor’ and above 400 as ‘extreme’. An AQI of 97 (passable) has been predicted for Monday.
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“Although there’s a sharp decline in rain exercise and really calm winds, moisture availability in Mumbai’s air is excessive. This has elevated the pollutant carrying capability and the pollutant layer is suspended near the floor,” mentioned Gufran Beig, undertaking director, SAFAR.
“Average air pollution ranges are anticipated to proceed till wind velocity picks up or rain exercise resumes. We should test location-specific sources for why BKC was so polluted on Sunday,” Beig mentioned.
In the meantime, the climate bureau issued a yellow alert on Sunday afternoon for the opportunity of thundershowers throughout late night or in a single day until early Monday morning. Nevertheless, between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, no rain was recorded in south Mumbai and 0.2 mm was recorded within the suburbs.
Thane recorded 15 mm of rainfall. Mumbai suburbs and south Mumbai have recorded 26 and 27 mm rain within the first six days of September.
“On Sunday, the town witnessed uninteresting climate with haze obscuring daylight resulting in poor visibility, nonetheless, it was not fog. The opportunity of thunderstorms over remoted areas within the Mumbai Metropolitan Area on Sunday night time for transient durations can’t be dominated out. Radar photos present comparable echoes for elements of north and south-central Maharashtra,” mentioned KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general, western area, India Meteorological Division.