Connect with us

Air Pollution

Chiang Mai gets world podium positions two days in a row, for air pollution

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Chiang Mai city choked with levels of air pollution over AQI 250 - Khaosod English

Hot AND polluted. Chiang Mai scored the top position again as the most air polluted city in the world yesterday, according to AirVisual.com. Today it has lost the top spot, but only just. Today’s temperature will again soar close to 40C with the rest of the week continuing to sizzle with almost no respite from the wind (forecast below). Saturday’s temperature is expected to reach 41C.

Chiang Mai gets world podium positions two days in a row, for air pollution | News by Thaiger

But the PM2.5 levels have dropped from yesterday’s horrendous score of 239, to under 200 this morning in the main city. However in the areas around Chiang Mai city, and further towards the Myanmar border, the air pollution readings are exceeding 300 – readings considered ‘hazardous’ for people in those areas.

Chiang Mai gets world podium positions two days in a row, for air pollution | News by Thaiger

The Air Quality Index is a standard that indicates the level of air pollution. Level 0-50 means good air quality, 51-100 means moderate quality, 101-105 will affect sensitive groups, 151-200 is slightly harmful to health, 201-300 is ‘very unhealthy’ and 301-500 means ‘hazardous’.

The Thai Pollution Control Department reports that air pollution in the North will tend to worsen this week due to the burning of fields, plantations and farmlands in neighbouring countries without admitting that some of the burning is also happening on Thai soil.

You can read about the Thai game of smoke and mirrors when it comes to air pollution in the north and north-east HERE.

Chiang Mai, and it’s environs have suffered from air pollution since the middle of January, when the PM2.5 level reached into the high 100s and has continued to climb since.

Chiang Mai gets world podium positions two days in a row, for air pollution | News by Thaiger

Reading around Bangkok today are mostly around 100 with some higher readings to the west of the city nearer the Myanmar border.

The World Health Organisation has an upper safe limit of ’25’ whilst the Thai government has set it upper limit at ’50’. Just about everywhere in central, northern and north-eastern Thailand is above even the government’s own ‘safe’ levels today.

Chiang Mai gets world podium positions two days in a row, for air pollution | News by Thaiger

Chiang Mai gets world podium positions two days in a row, for air pollution | News by Thaiger

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Road deaths13 hours ago

Dead woman in car pulled out of Kanchana Buri canal

World13 hours ago

As Iran revolts, president vows to deal with protests

Election14 hours ago

POLL: Top 2 picks for prime minister are “nobody” and Ex-PM’s daughter

China14 hours ago

No word from China on Xi military coup whispers

Pattaya14 hours ago

Intoxicated Pattaya tourist allegedly punches elderly Australian man in face

Thailand15 hours ago

Thai TikTok star detained at Singapore airport over huge amount of cash

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Kanchanaburi16 hours ago

Kanchanaburi school director found dead in canal

Pattaya18 hours ago

Small children in Pattaya learn to get help when locked in hot cars

Chiang Mai18 hours ago

Heavy rains collapse part of Chiang Mai’s ancient city wall

Events19 hours ago

6-hour whiskey drinking contest draws criticism

Pattaya20 hours ago

Pattaya official urges mayor to expand legal nightlife zone

Thailand20 hours ago

Things you can do in Thailand during the rainy season

Indonesia20 hours ago

Earthquake in Indonesia felt throughout southern Thailand

Patong21 hours ago

Foreign women rescued from rip current in Patong

Thailand2 days ago

Woman smashes up her 1.5 million baht car over feud with Ford Thailand

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending