Air quality in Sydney

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

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Weather

What is the current weather in Sydney?

WeatherScattered clouds
Temperature59°C
Humidity77%
Wind6.9 mp/h
Pressure1013 mb
Air pollution has cost an estimated1,300 deaths*in Sydney in 2020LEARN MORE*Air pollution also cost approximately $2,400,000,000 USD in Sydney in 2020.

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#cityUS AQI
1Wyong

141

2Kembla Grange

57

3Latrobe

50

4Singleton

46

5Sydney

46

6Queenstown

45

7Peterborough

40

8Warriewood

40

9Central Coast

39

10Wollongong

38

(local time)

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Real-time Sydney air quality ranking

#stationUS AQI
1Camden

163

2Randwick

92

3Balmain

62

4Earlwood

61

5Petersham Palace

59

6Glen Street

58

7Wahroonga

52

8Rozelle

51

9Reynolds Crescent

46

10Muston Street

45

(local time)

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Is there air pollution in Sydney?

US AQI

46

live AQI index
Good

Overview

What is the current air quality in Sydney?

Air pollution levelAir quality indexMain pollutant
Good46 US AQIPM2.5
PollutantsConcentration
PM2.5
11.2 µg/m³

Health Recommendations

How to protect from air pollution in Sydney?

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

Forecast

Sydney air quality index (AQI) forecast

DayPollution levelWeatherTemperatureWind
Wednesday, Aug 5

Good16 US AQI

Thursday, Aug 6

Good12 US AQI

Friday, Aug 7

Good29 US AQI

Today

Good32 US AQI

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weather icon60.8°51.8°

4.5 mp/h

Sunday, Aug 9

Good13 US AQI

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weather icon57.2°48.2°

8.9 mp/h

Monday, Aug 10

Good19 US AQI

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weather icon57.2°53.6°

24.6 mp/h

Tuesday, Aug 11

Good43 US AQI

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weather icon57.2°51.8°

0 mp/h

Wednesday, Aug 12

Good21 US AQI

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weather icon62.6°51.8°

4.5 mp/h

Thursday, Aug 13

Good18 US AQI

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weather icon66.2°53.6°

4.5 mp/h

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Historical

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AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS FOR Sydney

What is the air quality in Sydney?

In general, Sydney has some of the best air of any major city. In 2017 and 2018, its overall annual air quality was within the World Health Organisation’s recommended guideline of 10 micrograms per cubic metre (µg/m³): in 2017, Sydney’s air quality was on average 7.1 µg/m³, and in 2018 7.6 µg/m³. However, Sydney’s 2019 annual average increased towards the end of the year due to serious and persistent bushfires in the wider New South Wales region. Smoke from the bushfires, mostly from the north, at times brought a thick haze to Sydney.    

From October to December, Sydney broke into the Top 10 most polluted major cities live ranking, and took top positions among cities such as India’s Delhi, Bangladesh’s Dhaka and Pakistan’s Lahore. Sydney’s air regularly rated in the “Unhealthy” category on the U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI), and the “Hazardous” category on Australia’s own Air Quality Index, which is even more stringent than the U.S. AQI.  

What are the causes of air pollution in Sydney?

When there is noticeable air pollution in Sydney, it is generally caused by bushfires. Bushfire season in the New South Wales region occurs from October to March and depends on weather conditions, such as drought and wind.

However, the severity of bushfires early in the 2019 season has caused alarm. The number of days of extreme fire danger – and the length of the bushfire season – have increased across many regions in Australia, according to a report from the country’s Bureau of Meteorology.

What are the effects of Sydney’s air pollution?

In the first week of December when daily air quality ranged from “Moderate” to “Unhealthy” levels, health authorities reported around a 30% increase in ambulance calls and a 25% increase in patients in the New South Wales region.

High levels of PM2.5 are known to cause irritation to the eyes, throat and nose, shortness of breath, coughing, and exacerbation of asthma or lung conditions in the short-term. Long-term exposure to PM2.5 can result in respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Poor visibility from the haze in late 2019 caused disruptions to transportation, including ferry cancellations and flight delays.

The smoke also caused smoke alarms to set off in office buildings across the city’s Central Business District.

How can air pollution in Sydney be reduced?

Real-time air quality data must be made easily available to everyone with greater granularity. When people know how much pollution they are breathing, they can better take measures to protect themselves and mobilise efforts around tackling air pollution.

Thousands of Sydney residents gathered on Dec. 11 to protest government inaction after months of poor air quality and bushfires. Speakers called on the government to provide more support for firefighters, healthcare services, and schools.

The key to reducing air pollution in the long run is reducing emissions. Australia is not on track to meet its emissions target of a 26% cut by 2030, and, without using the highly-contested Kyoto carryover credits, it will only achieve a 16% cut. Under a meaningful global deal, Australia’s fair share of emissions cut would be at least 45%.

Individuals can take steps in their daily life to reduce personal emissions by carpooling or taking public transport, switching to greener fuel alternatives, and more.

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