According to SAFAR’s forecast, AQI is likely to remain in the moderate category for the next couple of days. “The AQI in Mumbai is pointing to the ‘higher end of average’ and is likely to be within ‘moderate’ over the next couple of days,” Saffar said.
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An air quality index between 201 and 300 is classified as “poor” and between 301 and 400 is classified as “very poor,” or red. The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and health concerns.
Malad in western suburbs with an AQI of 311 and Mazgaon in South Mumbai with 305 AQI, were the most polluted in the city and recorded red category pollution levels. The rest of the stations in the city recorded, on Saturday morning, moderate levels of pollution.
AQI is the average of pollutants such as particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions as a single value. It is recorded by SAFAR by integrating air quality measurement with weather forecasts.
Experts said the high levels of pollution are due to two severe weather conditions and the dust storm in the northwest region of the country.
Meanwhile, the city continued to record overcast skies on Saturday. The minimum temperature was above normal at 28.5 °C. The relative humidity was 69 percent on Saturday morning.
According to the seven-day forecast, the city is likely to record its first showers before the monsoon season next week. While overcast skies are expected most days of the week, rain and thunderstorms are likely in the city on May 25-26.