Air quality in Canberra

Air quality index (AQI) and PM2.5 air pollution in Canberra

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Weather

What is the current weather in Canberra?

WeatherRain
Temperature46.4°C
Humidity100%
Wind2.2 mp/h
Pressure1011 mb
Air pollution has cost an estimated320 deaths*in Canberra in 2020LEARN MORE*Air pollution also cost approximately $620,000,000 USD in Canberra in 2020.

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#cityUS AQI
1Queenstown

165

2Bathurst

160

3Beresfield

155

4Hadspen

152

5Gunnedah

129

6Geeveston

119

7Hamilton

113

8Latrobe

105

9Perth

88

10New Norfolk

86

(local time)

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Real-time Canberra air quality ranking

#stationUS AQI
1Florey

43

2Civic

16

3Monash

13

4Banks

8

(local time)

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Is there air pollution in Canberra?

US AQI

15

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Overview

What is the current air quality in Canberra?

Air pollution levelAir quality indexMain pollutant
Good15 US AQIPM2.5
PollutantsConcentration
PM2.5
3.5 µg/m³
pm10
8 µg/m³
o3
24 µg/m³

Health Recommendations

How to protect from air pollution in Canberra?

Open your windows to bring clean, fresh air indoors
Enjoy outdoor activities

Forecast

Canberra air quality index (AQI) forecast

DayPollution levelWeatherTemperatureWind
Wednesday, Aug 12

Good32 US AQI

Thursday, Aug 13

Good30 US AQI

Friday, Aug 14

Good19 US AQI

Today

Good8 US AQI

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weather icon51.8°42.8°

4.5 mp/h

Sunday, Aug 16

Good9 US AQI

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weather icon53.6°41°

13.4 mp/h

Monday, Aug 17

Good5 US AQI

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weather icon55.4°39.2°

11.2 mp/h

Tuesday, Aug 18

Good7 US AQI

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weather icon50°39.2°

13.4 mp/h

Wednesday, Aug 19

Good5 US AQI

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weather icon42.8°37.4°

13.4 mp/h

Thursday, Aug 20

Good5 US AQI

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weather icon44.6°37.4°

13.4 mp/h

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Historical

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AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS FOR Canberra

What is Canberra’s air quality?

Canberra is one of the capital cities with the best air quality. However, in the last two weeks of 2019, Canberra broke into the Top 10 most polluted major cities live ranking and topped the rankings at times, with worse air quality than India’s Delhi, Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Pakistan’s Lahore.

Canberra’s air pollution has been at unhealthy to hazardous levels, with a daily average PM2.5 concentration of 200.1 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m³) from 20 Dec 2019 to 2 Jan 2020 because of the bushfires.

When is Canberra’s air pollution at its worst?

Air pollution in Canberra was at its worst on 1 Jan 2020, with a daily average PM2.5 concentration of 855.6 µg/m³, which is more than 34 times above the World Health Organization (WHO) 24-hour guidelines. The air quality was considered ‘Hazardous’ on the US Air Quality Index (AQI).

Is Canberra the city with the worst air pollution?

Canberra has ranked at the top of the polluted major cities live ranking from 20 Dec 2019 to 3 Jan 2020, taking first place over cities known for having severe air pollution problems.

Why is Canberra polluted?

While Canberra does not usually experience air pollution, smoke from wild bushfires in the New South Wales region has caused high levels of PM2.5 and serious air pollution.

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