Zagreb Air Quality Poor Again, Ministry Offers Weather-based Explanation

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, on the 29th of October, Zagreb was one of the ten cities with the worst quality air, the Swiss portal IQAir published, which publishes data on air quality around the world, Jutarnji list reported on Saturday.

Moreover, on the aforementioned date at eight in the morning, Zagreb was among the three most polluted cities in the entire world, along with the likes of Pakistan’s Lahore and India’s Delhi, dropping back down to sixth place during the day, which still isn’t much to boast about.

The AQI air quality index on the aforementioned date at eight in the morning in our capital was 169, and at noon 153, which is considered unhealthy air for vulnerable populations.

“Current data in the City of Zagreb has shown occasional exceedances of daily limit values ​​of PM10 at the measuring station ZG-3 over the last few days, but for the overall assessment of pollution (quality categorisation) it’s necessary to observe the whole year. Increased concentrations of suspended particles, as well as their occasional exceedances mainly occur during the winter months, ie the appearance of meteorological conditions suitable for retaining suspended particles (especially fog, no wind, etc.) and the beginning of the season for central heating being turned on.

Household fireplaces and traffic play a significant role in the pollution of suspended particles (PM10, PM2.5), but this situation is common in colder weather. The increase in the concentration of suspended particles in the City of Zagreb is also influenced by a phenomenon known as temperature inversion, ie an increase in temperature with altitude,” they said the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development to Jutarnji list.

From the Dr. Andrija Stampar Institute, also based in Zagreb, they advised that people try to avoid engaging in long-term and intensive physical activity outdoors, especially along roads. This referred primarily to vulnerable groups of people, including children, pregnant women, the elderly, and those suffering from chronic diseases of the respiratory and/or cardiovascular system, reports Jutarnji list.

Despite the Zagreb air being a bit less than ideal right now, why not check out Zagreb in a Page to see how you can pass the time in this bustling city? Make sure to select your preferred language from our drop-down list if English isn’t desired.


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