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Smog in Poland. Air quality on Wednesday 15.02 [MAPA SMOGU]

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On Wednesday evening, smog hovers over a large area of ​​Poland. In many cities, the air quality is poor, and in some, the daily standards for the concentration of harmful particles in the air are exceeded by several hundred percent. Check the air quality in your area.

SMOG SERVICE TVNMETEO.PL. CHECK THE AIR QUALITY IN YOUR CITY

PM10 dust

According to data from 9 pm, the worst air quality in terms of PM10 dust, described as bad, was in Lublin. The measuring station there showed a concentration of harmful particles in the air at the level of 219 micrograms per cubic meter (µg / m3), which is 365 percent of the daily norm.

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Poor quality air was also breathed in Nowa Rudawhere 216 µg/m3 was recorded (360 percent of the daily norm), w Low – 179 µg/m3 (299% of the daily norm), w Lwowek Slaski – 171 µg/m3 (285% of the daily norm), w Łuków – 167 µg/m3 (278% of the daily norm), w Czestochowa – 155 µg/m3 (258% of the daily norm), w Dzierżoniów – 153 µg/m3 (255% of the daily norm), w Sucha Beskidzka – 152 µg/m3 (253% of the daily norm), w Starachowice – 151 µg/m3 (252% of the daily norm) and in Auschwitz – 143 µg/m3 (238% of the daily norm).

PM2.5 dust

In terms of PM2.5, the worst air quality was also found in Lublin, where the concentration of harmful particles was 187 µg/m3, which means 519 percent. daily norm.

Air quality, which is assessed as bad, was also present in Łuków – 164 µg/m3 (465% of the daily norm), w Low – 155 µg/m3 (431% of the daily norm), w Lwowek Slaski – 155 µg/m3 (431% of the daily norm), w Starachowice – 145 µg/m3 (403% of the daily norm), w Bielsko-Biała – 124 µg/m3 (344% of the daily norm), w Zamość – 118 µg/m3 (328% of the daily norm), w Międzyrzecz – 109 µg/m3 (308% of the daily norm), w Rzeszów (ul. Starzyńskiego) – 97 µg/m3 (269 percent of the daily norm), in Kalisz – 95 µg/m3 (264% of the daily norm) and Dębica – 85 µg/m3 (236% of the daily norm).

Both in terms of PM10 and PM2.5, the air quality in many towns was described as unhealthy or average.

When the air is of good quality

We talk about good quality air when the concentration of harmful dust does not exceed:

– for PM10 dust – 60 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3);

– in the case of PM2.5 dust – 36 µg/m3;

– for benzene – 10 µg/m3.

Sources of PM10 dust emissionPolish Smog Alert

What is PM10

PM10 is a mixture of particles suspended in the air with a diameter not exceeding 10 micrometers. Its occurrence is associated, among others, with the combustion of solid and liquid fuels.

What is PM2.5

PM2.5 is a mixture of particles suspended in the air with a diameter not exceeding 2.5 micrometers. According to the World Health Organization, it is the most harmful atmospheric pollutant for humans. It reaches not only the respiratory system, but also the circulatory system. It stays in our body much longer.

What is benzene

Benzo(a)pyrene is a carcinogenic and mutagenic chemical compound that is a representative of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Benzo(a)pyrene exhibits low acute toxicity and high chronic toxicity, which is related to its ability to accumulate in the body.

Impact of air pollution on healthMaria Samczuk, Adam Ziemienowicz/PAP

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