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Smog in Poland. Friday 08/03. Check the air quality in your city

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Smog hangs over Poland on Friday evening. In some places, air quality standards were exceeded by several hundred percent. Check what kind of air you breathe.

On Friday at 9 p.m., the worst air quality in terms of PM10 dust was in Pułtusk. The local measurement station showed the concentration of harmful particles in the air at 360 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3), which means 720 percent of the daily norm. Poor air quality was also reported in Biała Podlaska – 354 µg/m3 (708% of the daily norm), Starachowice – 211 µg/m3 (422% of the daily norm) and Siedlce – 204 µg/m3 (408% ​​of the daily norm). Poor, unhealthy and average air quality was observed at many other measuring stations.

The air quality, which is described as poor, was also recorded in terms of the presence of PM2.5 dust. Its concentration was also the highest in Radomsko and amounted to 209 µg/m3 (688% of the daily norm). IN Starachowice 172 µg/m3 was recorded (636% of the daily norm), in Otwock 159 µg/m3 (636% of the daily norm), w Jarosław and Włocławek – 131 µg/m3 (524% of the daily norm), w Siedlce – 125 µg/m3 (500% of the daily norm) and in Skarżysko-Kamienna – 124 µg/m3 (496% of the daily norm). Poor air quality occurred at many other stations, and almost all of Poland had average and unhealthy air quality.


When the air quality is good

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

  • in the case of PM10 dust – 50 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3);
  • in the case of PM2.5 dust – 25 µg/m3.

Sources of PM10 dust emissionsPolish 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 related, among other things, to the combustion processes 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 to humans. It reaches not only the respiratory system, but also the circulatory system. It stays in our body much longer.

The impact of air pollution on healthMaria Samczuk, Adam Ziemienowicz/PAP

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