Poor air quality roofs the capital, even before the morning’s traffic starts


Bangkok awakes on Monday, even before the traffic starts choking up the city air and the factories puff their hazardous smokes into the city’s atmosphere.

With light winds and hot temperatures, the city is in for another bad day of air quality. As early as 6:00 a.m. this morning Bangkok ranked number 13 in the worst air pollution of world cities.

The air pollution in Bangkok worsened over the weekend with high levels of PM2.5 in all areas. Phra Nakhon district, the home of the Grand Palace on the banks of the Chao Phraya, was the worst affected.

Apart from the city, the poor air quality extends down to the south-east and south-west, to Pattaya and Hua Hin, and to the west in Kanchanaburi where the readings are up to 208 this morning, four times the Pollution Control Department’s upper limit of 50 mg of PM2.5 micron particulate.

A high-pressure system that covered the north and the northeast of the country weakens while the westerly winds in the upper parts are still blowing cold air from the Himalayas to the north. Cool mornings are forecast with possible isolated patchy fog in the north and the northeast. Mountain peaks will see cold to very cold weather.

All transport should proceed with caution in foggy areas in northern Thailand. Stronger easterly winds prevailing across the Gulf of Thailand could bring more thundershowers.

SOURCES: AirVisual | The Nation