Diwali 2021: Mumbai does not experience 'very poor range' air quality

The AQI in Mumbai remained moderate and later became poor as it turned cloudy.

Diwali 2021: Mumbai does not experience 'very poor range' air quality

A few days ago, it was predicted that Mumbai's air quality was likely to be pushed into 'very poor range' between Diwali night and the next day noon, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). However, the AQI in Mumbai remained moderate and later became poor as it turned cloudy. 

It was expected that the most polluted areas will be Navi Mumbai, BKC and Chembur. Gufran Beig, the founder of SAFAR, said that the reason why there was a reduction in the intensity of pollution was because of the wind that gushes in from the sea at high speed.

Usually, the pollution level rises at 1 am after Diwali night; however, Mumbai is close to the sea, and the breeze offers an advantage. After Diwali, the city witnessed drizzling, which took away the severity that pollution may have caused. The wind had dispersed the polluted air.  Gufran Beig further said that if Mumbai wouldn't have a coast nearby, the AQI would have been worst than in Delhi. 

Mumbai's AQI since earlier this week had been in the poor category (201-300). Moderate AQI causes breathing discomfort to people with lung and heart diseases and even to elder people and children.

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