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City records cleanest air on Tuesday since December 31

However, four of 10 locations in the city continued to record very poor AQI with Borivali being the most polluted at 342, followed by Navi Mumbai, BKC, and Andheri at 311, 305 and 302

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Since December 31, the city recorded its cleanest air on Tuesday, after air quality has been in the poor category for New Year’s Eve and the first 21 days of the month.

According to the System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the pollutant-measuring indicator – air quality index (AQI) — was 182, falling under the moderate category. However, four of 10 locations in the city continued to record very poor AQI with Borivali being the most polluted at 342, followed by Navi Mumbai, BKC, and Andheri at 311, 305 and 302.

The cleanest air in the city was recorded at Bhandup at 83 and the last time the city recorded moderate quality air was on December 30 at 179.

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AQI level from 0-50 is considered good, 51-100 is satisfactory, 101-200 is moderate, 201-300 is poor, 301-400 is very poor, and 401 and above is severe.

KS Hosalikar, Deputy Director General, Western Region, India Meteorological Department said that the western disturbance over North India has led to snowfall and rain and allowed a change in wind direction over central India where easterly and westerly winds are colliding leading to an increase in wind speed. 

He further added that the changing wind pattern over central parts of the country is likely to pave way for isolated or scattered rainfall in Vidarbha, south-central Maharashtra, and Marathwada from Thursday.

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