Monsoon brings cleanest air to Mumbai in last three years

Since the monitoring began in 2015, the clean air was recorded on October 12, 2017, when AQI levels fell to 32 (good)

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Once again, the city could breath fresh air when monsoons brought Mumbaikars a respite from the heat. On Monday, the city’s Air Quality Index (AQI), which is a pollutant measuring indicator, was 18 in comparison to the PM2.5 pollutant. AQI up to 50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 moderate, 201-300 poor, 301-400 very poor, and 401 and above is severe.

System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) researchers, which measure AQI in the city, believe that active monsoon conditions over Mumbai dispersed pollutants closer to the surface and high wind speed further cleansed the air.

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SAFAR’s project director Gufran Beig said that so far, this is the lowest pollution level the city has recorded. On Sunday, the city had recorded an AQI of 52 (satisfactory) while on Monday, the city’s air was much better than the other three Indian cities where SAFAR records air quality – Delhi with an AQI of 121 (moderate), Pune 42 (good), and Ahmedabad 136 (moderate).

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Since the monitoring began in 2015, the clean air was recorded on October 12, 2017, when AQI levels fell to 32 (good) and the city recorded an AQI of 34 (good) earlier this month, on June 4, 2018.

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