The city of Karachi experienced smog on Sunday, as air quality deteriorated with an increase in polluted particles in the atmosphere. Climate analyst Owais Haider noted that the port city’s air quality was severely affected due to pollution.
As of now, Karachi’s air quality stands at 137 on the Air Quality Index (AQI), categorizing it as “unhealthy for sensitive groups.” Haider explained that the city’s air quality continues to be impacted by light winds from the northeast, which have introduced polluted particles into the air. The current weather conditions, characterized by high humidity and light air, contribute to the fog.
Haider emphasized that fog, when combined with particulate matter, results in the formation of smog. The minimum temperature in the city is expected to range between 13°C to 15°C in the coming week. Additionally, there is a forecast of light rain influenced by a western wind on December 21 and 22, 2023.
Predicting an improvement in air quality after the anticipated light rain, Haider encouraged the public to take precautions. He pointed out that last month, following measures taken by the Punjab caretaker government to address high smog levels, Sindh also decided to intensify efforts in combating deteriorating air quality in Karachi due to smog.
Caretaker Chief Minister Justice (retd) Maqbool Baqar of Sindh urged citizens to wear face masks as a short-term measure to protect themselves from the adverse effects of the worsening air quality. The statement issued from CM House stressed the importance of schools and educational institutions ensuring that students wear face masks to safeguard against illnesses associated with smog.