Air quality in Lahore

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

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Weather

What is the current weather in Lahore?

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WeatherClear sky
Temperature32°C
Humidity49%
Wind5.5 km/h
Pressure1008 mbar

live aqi city ranking

Real-time Pakistan city ranking

#cityUS AQI
1 Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

203

2 Mianwali, Punjab

157

3 Lahore, Punjab

153

4 Faisalabad, Punjab

139

5 Mirpur Khas, Sindh

127

6 Rawalpindi, Punjab

118

7 Islamabad, Islamabad

91

8 Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

86

9 Bahawalpur, Punjab

79

10 Karachi, Sindh

63

(local time)

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live Lahore aqi ranking

Real-time Lahore air quality ranking

#stationUS AQI
1 Dawn Bread Kot Lakhpat

310

2 Chattha Park

171

3 Lahore American School

165

4 Pakistan Engineering Services (Pvt) Ltd.

162

5 Syed Maratib Ali Road

160

6 Anarkali Bazaar

159

7 Block K

158

8 Block A, Johar Town

155

9 Phase8-DHA

155

10 Canal Bank Housing Scheme

152

(local time)

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US AQI

147

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Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

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Overview

What is the current air quality in Lahore?

Air pollution levelAir quality indexMain pollutant
Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 147 US AQItrendPM2.5
PollutantsConcentration
PM2.5
54.3µg/m³trend
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PM2.5

x10.9

PM2.5 concentration in Lahore is currently 10.9 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value

Health Recommendations

How to protect from air pollution in Lahore?

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Forecast

Lahore air quality index (AQI) forecast

DayPollution levelWeatherTemperatureWind
Tuesday, Sep 27

Unhealthy 170 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon34°23°
Wind rotating 65 degree

10.8 km/h

Wednesday, Sep 28

Unhealthy 170 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon34°24°
Wind rotating 69 degree

10.8 km/h

Thursday, Sep 29

Unhealthy 174 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon35°24°
Wind rotating 111 degree

7.2 km/h

Today

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 147 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon34°25°
Wind rotating 79 degree

10.8 km/h

Saturday, Oct 1

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 140 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon36°25°
Wind rotating 89 degree

10.8 km/h

Sunday, Oct 2

Unhealthy 155 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon37°24°
Wind rotating 315 degree

10.8 km/h

Monday, Oct 3

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 143 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon37°25°
Wind rotating 328 degree

7.2 km/h

Tuesday, Oct 4

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 117 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon37°25°
Wind rotating 26 degree

10.8 km/h

Wednesday, Oct 5

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups 141 US AQI

Human face indicating AQI level
Weather icon36°25°
Wind rotating 149 degree

10.8 km/h

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Historical

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AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS FOR Lahore

How polluted is Lahore’s air?

Lahore suffers from high levels of air pollution, with the city regularly ranking at the top of IQAir AirVisual’s live pollution rankings of major global cities. However, pollution only rose to the top of the public’s consciousness in early 2017, when actionable air quality data was published for the first time in Pakistan. In the absence of publicly available government data, a network of citizen-operated sensors began to monitor fine particulate matter, also known as PM2.5, and report data in real-time. The data laid bare Lahore’s high levels of air pollution, shocking the public and becoming a media talking point.  

The resulting publicity led to a public interest petition to review the government’s response to the smog crisis, which was heard at Lahore’s High Court in November 2017. The court ordered authorities to prepare an updated smog response action plan, and publish daily pollution updates until able to publish hourly updates, as the non-government monitors do.

Following the court order, the Punjab Environment Protection Council approved a Smog Action Plan and adopted an Air Quality Index (AQI) classification system in 2017. However, the AQI has been criticized by air quality advocates as being too lax and underreporting the severity of the pollution. While the U.S. AQI deems a PM2.5 concentration of 60 micrograms per cubic meter in  the air as “Unhealthy”, Punjab’s AQI reads as “Satisfactory”, with the advice: “May cause minor breathing discomfort to sensitive people.”

Because of this discrepancy, in November 2019, three children asked a court to declare the Punjab AQI “illegal and unreasonable.”

Does the Pakistani government publish real-time air quality data?

As of November 2019, Pakistani authorities still don’t publish any real-time PM2.5 air quality data. All data come from non-government sensors and the U.S. State Department. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, and the three U.S. Consulates in Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar began monitoring and publishing real-time PM2.5 data online in the first half of 2019.  

When is Lahore’s air pollution at its worst?

Air quality in Lahore usually worsens during the winter season from October to February when farmers in the wider Punjab province set light to the remnants of crops, producing smoke that adds to smog. At the same time, weather changes mean pollutants remain trapped in the air for longer.

In November 2019, during the heart of Pakistan’s “smog season”, Lahore regularly came second only to Delhi – and sometimes overtook the Indian city – as the world’s most polluted city on IQAir AirVisual’s live rankings of major global cities.

Is Lahore the most polluted city?

In 2018, Lahore ranked 10 in IQAir AirVisual’s 2018 World Air Quality Report. Neighbouring city Faisalabad's air pollution ranked number 3, while air pollution in Islamabad – Pakistan’s capital city – came in significantly lower at number 239. Karachi air pollution was the lowest among the four cities at number 318.

Overall, Pakistan air pollution caused the country to be ranked as the second most polluted in the world with an annual PM2.5 average of 74.3 µg/m³.

What causes air pollution in Lahore?

Air pollution in Lahore is caused by a combination of vehicle and industrial emissions, smoke from brick kilns, the burning of crop residue and general waste, and dust from construction sites. Other factors of air pollution include large scale losses of trees to build new roads and buildings.

Winter air pollution is worse due to temperature inversion, which results in a layer of warm air that is prevented from rising trapping air pollutants.

How can air pollution in Lahore be reduced?

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

Reducing industrial and vehicular emissions is also critical to improving the air quality. Prime Minister Imran Khan has told his cabinet that tackling air pollution is a priority, and authorities have taken measures to reduce pollution from brick kilns. Under the Punjab Green Development Program (PGDP) project, there are plans to do more, including establishing 10 air quality monitoring stations in Lahore.

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

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