After the lifting of lockdown restrictions and retreat of the southwest monsoon, Mumbai has recorded the worst air quality on Friday, the first time in the last seven months since lockdown.
The city recorded an overall AQI of 118 on Friday since March 25. According to System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the AQI between the range of 51 and 100 is considered as ‘satisfactory’ or ‘very good’, 101-200 is ‘moderate’, 201-300 falls under the category of ‘poor’. While 300-400 is considered as ‘very poor’, levels between 401-500 fall under the ‘hazardous’ category.
“The winds are extremely clam over the city since the monsoon retreated in the state. The situation has led to the pollutants accumulating in the air,” said SAFAR project director Gufran Beig.
However, the air quality may improve by Sunday owing to low-pressure system over the north Andaman sea and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal.
Inputs from Times now news