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Mumbai: Minimum temperature dips; pollution rises

The temperature in Mumbai declined further with the Santacruz observatory recording 15.6 Degree Celsius down from 16 Degree Celsius on Tuesday.

Mumbai: Minimum temperature dips; pollution rises
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As per reports, the temperature in Mumbai has further dipped on Wednesday, December 23, making it the coolest day of the season.

The India Meteorological Department’s Santacruz observatory recorded 15.6 Degree Celsius down from 16 Degree Celsius on Tuesday. Earlier on Tuesday, December 22, the minimum temperature in Mumbai dropped to 16 degrees Celsius, which was the lowest so far. Before Tuesday, the minimum temperature was clocked on December 7 at 17.4 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, the lowest minimum temperature in December 2019 was 16.4 degrees Celsius and it was 14.4 degrees Celsius a year before.

However, the air quality, which improved slightly on Monday, deteriorated on Tuesday as temperatures dropped. Mumbai recorded an average air quality index (AQI) of 183 (moderate). Moreover, the AQI reading in Navi Mumbai was 331 (very poor category). On the other hand, the Bandra Kurla Complex area had the worst air quality with the AQI reading at 336.

When AQI values are above 100, air quality is unhealthy. From 201 to 300, the air is judged to be very unhealthy; children, asthmatics and people with heart or lung conditions should avoid the outdoors and all others should reduce their outdoors exertion. On the other hand, when the AQI exceeds 300, it is “hazardous” for everyone to venture outdoors.

During the winters, air pollution increases which results in a significant rise in the concentration of Particulate Matter which are tiny particles in the air. When these tiny particles, that are 1/30th the size of human hair, are inhaled, they travel all the way to the lungs and enter the bloodstream, causing serious damage to all the major organs in the body.

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