Air quality in San Miguel de Allende

Air quality index (AQI) and PM2.5 air pollution in San Miguel de Allende

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Weather

What is the current weather in San Miguel de Allende?

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WeatherBroken clouds
Temperature62.6°C
Humidity45%
Wind1.7 mp/h
Pressure1024 mb

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1 San Miguel, State of Mexico

93

2 Celaya, Guanajuato

89

3 Leon, Guanajuato

80

4 Santa Catarina, Nuevo Leon

77

5 Metepec, State of Mexico

75

6 General Escobedo, Nuevo Leon

74

7 Silao, Guanajuato

74

8 Garcia, Nuevo Leon

72

9 Cuernavaca, Morelos

71

10 Mexicali, Baja California

70

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1 Estación San Miguel de Allende

68

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68

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Moderate

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Overview

What is the current air quality in San Miguel de Allende?

Air pollution levelAir quality indexMain pollutant
Moderate 68 US AQItrendPM2.5
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PM2.5 concentration in San Miguel de Allende air is currently 4 times above the WHO annual air quality guideline value

Health Recommendations

How to protect from air pollution in San Miguel de Allende?

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Forecast

San Miguel de Allende air quality index (AQI) forecast

DayPollution levelWeatherTemperatureWind
Sunday, Jan 23

Moderate 59 US AQI

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Monday, Jan 24

Moderate 52 US AQI

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Tuesday, Jan 25

Moderate 53 US AQI

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Today

Moderate 68 US AQI

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Weather icon75.2°50°
Wind rotating 266 degree

8.9 mp/h

Thursday, Jan 27

Good 30 US AQI

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Weather icon77°50°
Wind rotating 37 degree

11.2 mp/h

Friday, Jan 28

Good 26 US AQI

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Weather icon71.6°44.6°
Wind rotating 288 degree

8.9 mp/h

Saturday, Jan 29

Good 43 US AQI

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Weather icon75.2°44.6°
Wind rotating 273 degree

8.9 mp/h

Sunday, Jan 30

Good 42 US AQI

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Weather icon77°50°
Wind rotating 275 degree

13.4 mp/h

Monday, Jan 31

Good 18 US AQI

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Weather icon77°48.2°
Wind rotating 232 degree

13.4 mp/h

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AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS FOR San Miguel de Allende

What is the current level of air pollution in San Miguel de Allende?

San Miguel de Allende is the principal city in the municipality of San Miguel de Allende, located in the eastern area of Guanajuato, Mexico. It is approximately 274 kilometres from Mexico City.

According to a census that was conducted in 2005, San Miguel de Allende had an estimated population of approximately 140,000 inhabitants.

In December 2021, San Miguel de Allende was experiencing a period of “Moderate” air quality with a US AQI reading of 70. This United States Air Quality Index number is calculated using the levels of six of the most commonly occurring air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide and both sizes of particulate matter, which are PM2.5 and PM10. It can then be used as the metric when comparing air quality in other cities around the world. If data is unavailable for all 6 pollutants, a figure can still be calculated by using what figures there are. In San Miguel de Allende, the only pollutant that was measured was PM2.5 with a reading of 21 µg/m³.

When the level of air pollution is classified as “Moderate”, the advice would be to remain indoors as much as possible, closing all doors and windows to prevent more polluted air from entering the rooms. Those of a sensitive nature should limit their time spent outside and should always wear a good quality face mask when doing so. For up-to-date information about air quality, there is an app available from AirVisual.com which is downloadable for all mobile devices. This shows the air quality in real-time.

Is the level of air pollution constant throughout the year in San Miguel de Allende?

Looking back at the figures for 2020, published by IQAir.com, it can be seen that for three months of the year, San Miguel de Allende achieved the target figure of 10 µg/m³ or less as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This happened during the months of May, August and September. July and October saw “Good” air quality with figures between 10.1 and 12 µg/m³. The remaining seven months returned figures from the “Moderate” section with readings between 12.1 and 35.4 µg/m³.

Records pertaining to air pollution were first held in 2019 when a figure of 14 µg/m³ was recorded. The following year of 2020 showed an improvement on this figure with a reading of 12.4 µg/m³. However, this reading may have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as many vehicles were no longer in daily use because the offices were closed, in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus. Many factories and non-essential production units were also required to close which removed their emissions from the atmosphere, albeit it on a temporary basis.

Is there a main source of pollution in San Miguel de Allende?

In Guanajuato, pollution is serious, where 68% of its soil is eroded, 15 thousand tons of solid waste and special handling are produced every day, it has more than 1.7 million vehicles that travel daily, which are more than 10 years old, which together with the grassland fires generate serious problems to air quality, mainly in the Industrial Corridor.

The verification of automobiles is insufficient in the 46 municipalities, due to the fact that the state's vehicle fleet is 1,700,000 vehicles, of which the vast majority are more than 10 years old, which makes it complicated to pass the verifications as it is highly polluting. A 10-year-old vehicle pollutes up to 10 times more than a more recent one, but in Guanajuato a verification model is being carried out that involves other municipalities, so that model should be reviewed and people trust the program so, you know if your vehicle is in the best condition.

Can anything be done to improve air quality in San Miguel de Allende?

Transportation is an important tool for the development of productive activities in the entity. Derived from daily use, the consumption of fuels increases, which, in turn, generates emissions of pollutants that contribute to the deterioration of environmental quality and accelerate the effects of climate change. The State Government, through the Institute of Ecology of Guanajuato, invites you to participate in the program "SIGA" Clean Transportation Guanajuato, which will reduce pollutants from all means of public and private transportation that run on diesel or gasoline.

A large volume of polluting emissions come from the transportation sector, for this reason vehicle management programs must be updated and measures such as Hoy No Circula should be strengthened. This prevents certain vehicles from entering the city centre on certain days.

These are some recommendations from the Mexican Government to help reduce air pollution;

  • Use the public transportation.
  • Don't burn tyres, garbage, or build fires.
  • Don't set off fireworks.
  • Do not smoke or burn incense.
  • Make efficient use of energy: gasoline, electricity and gas.
  • Unplug electrical appliances when you're not using them.
  • Fix gas leaks.
  • Use solar equipment at home.
  • Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

What are the health impacts of breathing dirty air in San Miguel de Allende?

Scientific evidence indicates that lung damage that is caused by prolonged exposure to lower levels of ozone-polluted air poses the greatest health risk. Averaging ozone levels for eight hours provides a higher level of protection, especially for children and those adults who spend a significant portion of their time working or playing outdoors - a group that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of ozone.

Ground-level ozone is a colourless, odourless pollutant that is formed by a chemical reaction between volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the presence of sunlight. The main sources of VOCs and NOx are mobile sources which include cars, trucks and buses plus farm equipment and construction equipment.

The standard for airborne particulates up to 10 microns in diameter (PM10) remains in effect. But now, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says air pollution with smaller particles that are less than 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) is also a health concern. Breathing air polluted with fine particles can have detrimental health effects - including premature death and an increase in respiratory illnesses.

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