Air quality worsens in Mumbai in comparison to Delhi

In comparison to Delhi, which recorded an AQI of 211, Mumbai recorded an AQI of 275.


Mumbaikars faced a hazy day when an average air quality index (AQI) of 275 which was recorded on Wednesday compared to 271 a day ago. An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered as poor which can be harmful to sensitive people.

In comparison with Delhi, which recorded an AQI of 211, Mumbai recorded an AQI of 275.

Overall AQI in Mumbai- 275

Six locations in the city recorded poor AQI (301-400)

  • Mazgaon (342)
  • Bhandup (327)
  • Bandra Kurla Complex (327)
  • Borivli (319)
  • Colaba (320)
  • Navi Mumbai- 309.

IMD scientist Ajay Kumar told Times of India,

Humidity levels recorded at Colaba and Santacruz were 80% and 51%. Winds are easterly to northeasterly in the night, which bring in warm air. Owing to this, temperatures are on the rise. Besides, there is a westerly trough, which is moving northwest of the country. This is pulling in a lot of moisture from the Arabian Sea."

At various places in the city, an AQI was recorded of above 300 falls in the very poor category and so it was advised that people with heart or lung diseases should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.

Dr Gufran Beig, project director, Safar told Times of India,

While the air is in the poor category now, we are expecting the same to improve as the day progresses. There is a western disturbance which is pulling in a lot of moisture, but as the sun comes up, its heat would reduce moisture and pollution levels, thereby improving air quality."

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