Air quality in Rzeszow

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

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Pollen

What is the pollen count in Rzeszow today?

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Tree pollenLow
Grass pollenLow
Weed pollenNone
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Weather

What is the current weather in Rzeszow?

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WeatherClear sky
Temperature73.4°F
Humidity51%
Wind6.9 mp/h
Pressure30 Hg

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#cityUS AQI
1The national flag of International Katowice, Silesia

47

2The national flag of International Wroclaw, Lower Silesia

46

3The national flag of International Lodz, Lodz Voivodeship

44

4The national flag of International Rzeszow, Subcarpathian Voivodeship

41

5The national flag of International Krakow, Lesser Poland Voivodeship

39

6The national flag of International Torun, Kujawsko-Pomorskie

39

7The national flag of International Gdansk, Pomerania

38

8The national flag of International Kielce, Swietokrzyskie

35

9The national flag of International Warsaw, Mazovia

32

10The national flag of International Poznan, Greater Poland

30

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1 Rzeszów-Nowe Miasto

40

2 Rzeszów-Piłsudskiego

36

3 Rzeszów; ul. Słocińska

27

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Overview

What is the current air quality in Rzeszow?

Air pollution levelAir quality indexMain pollutant
Good 41 US AQItrendO3
PollutantsConcentration
PM2.5
6.5µg/m³
PM10
11.1µg/m³trend
O3
101.2µg/m³trend
NO2
19.3µg/m³trend
SO2
1.1µg/m³trend
CO
250.5µg/m³trend
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PM2.5 concentration in Rzeszow is currently 1.3 times the WHO annual air quality guideline value

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Forecast

Rzeszow air quality index (AQI) forecast

DayPollution levelWeatherTemperatureWind
Saturday, Jul 20

Moderate 51 AQI US

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82.4° 59°
Wind rotating 73 degree 6.7 mp/h
Sunday, Jul 21

Moderate 54 AQI US

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82.4° 66.2°
Wind rotating 89 degree 8.9 mp/h
Monday, Jul 22

Moderate 51 AQI US

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87.8° 59°
Wind rotating 15 degree 6.7 mp/h
Today

Good 41 AQI US

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Weather icon 40%
78.8° 64.4°
Wind rotating 311 degree 11.2 mp/h
Wednesday, Jul 24

Good 47 AQI US

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80.6° 57.2°
Wind rotating 279 degree 17.9 mp/h
Thursday, Jul 25

Good 38 AQI US

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Weather icon 60%
73.4° 57.2°
Wind rotating 309 degree 11.2 mp/h
Friday, Jul 26

Good 31 AQI US

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78.8° 51.8°
Wind rotating 306 degree 6.7 mp/h
Saturday, Jul 27

Moderate 61 AQI US

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86° 57.2°
Wind rotating 157 degree 6.7 mp/h
Sunday, Jul 28

Moderate 67 AQI US

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95° 62.6°
Wind rotating 311 degree 11.2 mp/h
Monday, Jul 29

Moderate 65 AQI US

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78.8° 59°
Wind rotating 12 degree 8.9 mp/h

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AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS FOR Rzeszow

Is Rzeszów currently a badly polluted city?

Rzeszów is the largest city in south eastern Poland. It straddles the banks of the Rislok River in the Sandomierz Basin. The popularity of Rzeszów is increasing as more people decide to make it their home. In 2005 the estimated population was 159,000, growing to approximately 196,000 residents by 2019. Plans are currently under consideration to incorporate surrounding areas into its metropolis in order to strengthen its function as a metropolitan centre in south east Poland.

At the start of the fourth quarter of 2021, Rzeszów was experiencing a period of “Moderate” air quality with a US AQI reading of 83. This reading is used as a benchmark when comparing air quality in other cities around the world. Data is collected regarding the six most prolific air pollutants commonly found and this figure is calculated from there. If information is not available for all six, then a figure can be deduced using the information that is available. In the case of Rzeszów, three recordings were available. These were for PM2.5 - 27.5 µg/m³, PM10 - 34.5 µg/m³ and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) - 16 µg/m³. At this level, the PM2.5 figure is two and a half times over the recommended target figure as suggested by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of 10 µg/m³. However, no amount of air pollution is safe but 10 µg/m³ is thought of as being acceptable.

This level is not extremely high, but the advice would be to stay indoors as much as possible, closing doors and windows to prevent the ingress of more polluted air. Those people of a more sensitive disposition should try to avoid venturing outside until the air quality improves. There is an app available from AirVisual which can be found in any app store and is suitable for most mobile devices. This will tell you of the latest levels of pollution which might help decide whether or not it is safe to go outside.

Does the level of air pollution vary throughout the year in Rzeszów?

Air quality is very volatile and can change very quickly depending on many variables. Looking back at the figures released by IQAir.com for 2020, it can be seen that the months of May and July attained the target figure as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) of 10 µg/m³ or less. The actual figures recorded were 9.4 and 8.2 µg/m³, respectively. The months of June and September provided “Good” quality air with respective figures of 10.1 and 11.1 µg/m³. For the remaining eight months of the year, the air quality was classified as “Moderate” with figures between 12.1 and 35.4 µg/m³.

Records for air pollution were first kept in 2019 when the figure was noted to be 19.8 µg/m³, followed by an improvement the following year when that figure was 17.0 µg/m³. However, this may not be a true reflection of reality because of the COVID-19 pandemic when many cars were not being driven regularly as their owners were encouraged to work from home and not commute into the city on a daily basis. There were also many small factories and production units that were closed down on a temporary basis so their emissions were halted.

What are the sources of the polluted air in Rzeszów?

It is estimated that 52 per cent of smog in Poland comes from the so-called low emission, i.e., combustion in domestic boilers and furnaces with poor emission parameters and low-quality fuel or wet wood.

As with most large cities throughout the world, the number of vehicles using the city’s roads contributes to the poor air quality. It can be seen in the following paragraph what measures are being taken to address the situation.

What can be done to improve air quality in Rzeszów?

In 2018, 40 buses meeting the Euro 6 emission standards were purchased, in 2019, 10 electric buses were delivered with the implementation of infrastructure (a system of fast and slow charging stations). Another 80 low-emission buses are planned to be purchased in the next few years.

In 2017-2018, 136 modern shelters were installed in the city, on the roofs of which there are photovoltaic panels that cover part of the electricity demand. In the following years, until 2021, it is planned to replace another 80 shelters. Renewable energy sources have also been used in the facilities of the local station, as well as pylons with display cases for timetables.

Other measures to reduce air pollution are as follows;

  • launching a bicycle and electric scooter rental
  • Rzeszów has also joined EU projects under which it will be possible to obtain co-financing for the replacement of old solid fuel stoves with gas stoves, biomass stoves or connection to the municipal heat network.
  • the use of insulating greenery as a wind-absorbent barrier and limiting secondary emission of dust.
  • Systematic street cleaning and wetting to reduce dusting.
  • The police also stop and test the exhaust emissions of random vehicles as a way of preventing older vehicles from continuing to pollute.

What are the detrimental effects breathing polluted air has on the human body?

The pollutants in the air are really diverse and when you look at the alarms and indicators, you can sometimes catch your head that our vital oxygen contains so many additives. Particulate matter is the most dangerous, which is really microscopic and therefore reaches deep into our lungs and even penetrates into the bloodstream. This dust may also contain harmful heavy metals such as arsenic or mercury.

Unfortunately, nitrogen oxides from which ammonia is formed can also be found in the air. We can also find sulphur dioxide, benzene, benzopyrene, and even ozone in it, which is supposed to be an ordinary component of the atmosphere, but should not be suspended too low in it, because then it is highly toxic.

Breathing polluted air can cause changes in the respiratory system such as trouble breathing, wheezing, bronchitis and pneumonia, attacks of coughing and asthma, etc. It also causes problems with the absorption of oxygen in the blood, causing diseases of the circulatory system and the central nervous system. This leads to the weakening of the immune system and damage to internal organs such as kidneys, liver, adrenal glands and also bones.

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