Canberra’s air quality worst in the world


A global air quality index ranked Canberra’s air worse than New Delhi, India or Lahore, Pakistan.

But conditions had been worse in the NSW coastal town of Bateman’s Bay, which has been besieged by fires in recent days, rating nearly twice as bad as Canberra earlier on Wednesday.

Canberra’s air quality is worse than Delhi, Mumbai and Beijing.Source:Supplied

Air quality in Canberra is more than 10 times hazardous levels according to local health authorities, having peaked at more than 20 times hazardous levels on Wednesday.

The smoke is expected to linger over the capital in the coming days, with the Bureau of Meteorology saying high temperatures were trapping the smog there. There are out of control fires burning near Kosciuszko National Park to Canberra’s west, and the fires along the coast to the east.

Parliament House was barely visible on New Year’s Day. Picture: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Parliament House was barely visible on New Year’s Day. Picture: AAP Image/Lukas CochSource:AAP

Sydney has suffered to from thick smoke billowing from fires across the region. Picture: Saeed Khan / AFP

Sydney has suffered to from thick smoke billowing from fires across the region. Picture: Saeed Khan / AFPSource:AFP

Bureau forecaster Abrar Shabren said this meant whatever the wind change, smoke would still be blown across the territory.

“It will persist over the next couple of days. We will see a change probably tomorrow,” he said.

Hazardous levels are normally considered 200 or above, with air quality stations around Canberra recording levels between 2300 to 2800.

ACT Health has urged Canberrans to stay indoors and avoid physical activity outdoors.



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