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Are you breathing in Chennai?

28µg/m3

PM2.5

1+ 🚬

Smoking

4M

Population

The PM2.5 air quality forecast for Chennai, Tamil Nadu right now is 28 µg/m3. That's clean air. Did you know that only 8% of people on earth have access to clean air?

Air pollution in Chennai, Tamil Nadu

The air quality in Chennai right now is good. The air pollution poses little or no risk.

PM2.5 Air Quality Forecast

12pm

27.5 ug/m3

3pm

26.1 ug/m3

6pm

26.8 ug/m3

9pm

25.0 ug/m3

saturday

23.0 ug/m3

3am

23.2 ug/m3

6am

24.4 ug/m3

9am

26.1 ug/m3

12pm

27.7 ug/m3

3pm

29.7 ug/m3

6pm

29.7 ug/m3

9pm

31.5 ug/m3

sunday

33.0 ug/m3

3am

33.5 ug/m3

6am

33.6 ug/m3

9am

33.0 ug/m3

12pm

31.5 ug/m3

3pm

30.6 ug/m3

6pm

31.6 ug/m3

9pm

31.7 ug/m3

monday

31.6 ug/m3

3am

30.8 ug/m3

6am

29.7 ug/m3

9am

29.6 ug/m3

“Air pollution damages every organ and virtually every cell in the human body."

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you wanted to know about air pollution in Chennai.

Is it safe to breathe in Chennai right now?

The WHO's clean air guileline for PM2.5 is 25µg/m3. Currently in Chennai, the forecast says it is 28 µg/m3. Hence, the air is not clean.

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You're likely at high risk to experience adverse health effects due to air pollution. You should try to identify the sources of air pollution around you and try to reduce your exposure to it. It is not usually possible to eliminate air pollution, but proactive measures can help. In the meantime, you can wear a face mask, use an air purifier or get an air quality monitor to track your personal exposure to air pollution. Please consult your physician.

What is the data source for these air quality forecasts?

All the air quality forecasts on AirPollution.io come from Urban Emissions, India's leading source of information, research and analysis about air pollution. It is led by Dr. Sarath Guttikunda.

How polluted are other cities in Tamil Nadu?

Air pollution varies from city to city and even from one neighborhood to another within a city. You can review the air quality forecasts for Tamil Nadu or it's cities like Chennai, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Thiruvallur or  Salem anytime.

What city has the worst air pollution in India?

It is tempting to ask this question, but let's first recognize that air pollution is a problem that affects the vast majority of India. Currently Indians across districts are breathing air that does not meet WHO's clean air guidelines. But to answer your question, the residents of Ganganagar district in Rajasthan are breathing the worst air pollution in India right now with µg/m3 of PM2.5 pollution.

I don't have money to buy an expensive face mask and air purifier. What can I do?

I am glad you asked. Many face masks and air purifiers available in the market are quite expensive, but not all of them. A company called Smart Air Filters sells affordable air purifiers and face masks. This is not an ad.

“As a chest surgeon who has been operating on lungs since 1988, I am pained to say that it is time to call India’s deadly pollution crisis a public health emergency. Over the years, I have witnessed a change in the color of patients’ lungs from pink to black.”

Dr. Arvind Kumar

“There are no safe air pollution limits, and so there can be no moderations. We need to take drastic actions.”

The Ella Roberta Family Foundation
BREATHING KILLS

Where are India's
most polluted districts?

The health effects of air pollution are staggering. According to a story in The Guardian, air pollution may damage every organ and virtually every cell in the human body. Yes, air pollution increases the risk of heart attacks, lung cancer, asthma and COPD, but it is also known to exacerbate depression and also increase violent crime in a city.

Ganganagar, Rajasthan

PM2.5 forecast is 94.7 µg/m3

Bikaner, Rajasthan

PM2.5 forecast is 75.0 µg/m3

Darbhanga, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 72.6 µg/m3

Madhubani, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 70.5 µg/m3

Muzaffarpur, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 69.4 µg/m3

Supaul, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 66.3 µg/m3

Kishanganj, Bihar

PM2.5 forecast is 64.8 µg/m3

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