The atmosphere in eight areas of Bangkok and its suburbs experienced excessive amounts of PM2.5 dust, above the 50-micron safety level, during the past two days and today, according to the Coordinating Centre to Solve Air Pollution in Bangkok.
At 6am today, the amount of PM2.5 in Bangkok and its peripherals was measured at between 21 and 69 microns, with excessive amounts being recorded in:
- Kanchanapisek Road in Bang Khun Thian district 69 microns
- Omnoi sub-district in Krathum Ban district of Samut Sakhon province 52 microns
- Paknam sub-district in Muang district of Samut Prakan 55 microns
- Din Daeng Road in Din Daeng district, Bangkok 51 microns
- Rama 2 Road in Bang Khun Thian district 52 microns
- Tha Phra cross Road in Bangkok Yai district 52 microns
- Khlong Thavee Wattana Road in Thavee Wattana district 59 microns
- Ma Charoen Road in Nong Khaem district 60 microns
Also, excessive amounts of PM10 are being detected on Kanchanapisek Road, in Bang Khun Thian district, and on Ma Charoen Road, in Nong Khaem district.
To deal with the poor air quality, city officials have sprayed water to wash away the dust on several roads and pavements. Trees along several roads were also washed down with water.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department forecasts the arrival of a new moderate cold weather system from China, which will initially bring rain to northern Thailand, to be followed by a drop in temperature from today until Monday.
More rain and isolated heavy rain is forecast for the southern region.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)