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fyi, dunno why, but at present, almost all the major PM2.5 monitoring stations around BKK as reported by aqicn.org only have their latest data for today showing as of 7 am.... which is pretty unusual to be so far behind.

 

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Note the time on the above graphic... 7 am. And it's the same right now at 1:45 pm for most of the other BKK sites being reported on the aqicn.org website. Dunno if it's a problem with their system, or the Thai government reporting system itself.

 

The AirVisual site is reporting BKK readings at present that are up to date... showing 1 pm values. But those are all still in the RED, with AQI values generally between 160 and 170.

 

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FWIW, my home indoors meter in central BKK as of 2 pm is showing a bit of an improvement from the morning -- currently 53 micrograms, a 144 AQI at the high end of the Orange scale. Down from the high 50s to 60 earlier in the morning.

 

 

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Here's the current view from Sathorn:

 

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I think what's called for here are some Air Amulets....to save the day...

 

Otherwise.... Airmageddon has arrived!!!!  :hit-the-fan:

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On 1/7/2020 at 5:18 PM, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

Both sources are significant contributors to PM2.5 pollution in BKK, but the relative mix varies depending on the time of the year.

& time of day, when the traffic is heavy the count always rises!

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22 hours ago, TallGuyJohninBKK said:

 

The ONLY advantage to staying inside, if there is any, is the chance that you might be avoiding more physical exertion by staying home than if you were hoofing it around outside, and thus breathing in less deeply the lousy air. But it's certainly wrong to make people think their unpurified home air is any better than outside.

 

So as an example, that's one reason why some schools cancel PE/outdoors activities when the air is really bad...to limit the physical activity of their students.

True, good point. 

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9 minutes ago, JimShorts said:

Really bad today and not clearing up much. Many purple areas. 😞

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What's the date/time on the Saphan Kwai reading you've posted above?...

 

I'm seeing a different value for that same source as of 3 pm today:

 

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No sustained afternoon improvement in air quality in BKK this afternoon...unlike earlier this week.

 

After improving a bit earlier this afternoon, my indoor sensor readings deteriorated again later in the afternoon.

 

As of 4 pm in central BKK, my indoor sensor in an unfiltered/unoccupied room is hitting 70 micrograms, for an AQI reading of 158.

 

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On 1/7/2020 at 8:29 AM, bkk6060 said:

If you think you will get a break coming to Pattaya, don't!

It is very bad here today also.

Even 20 Km outside Pattaya in the sticks it was 157

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When I escaped Shanghai after five years and moved to Bangkok three years ago I was under the impression that my respiratory systems are no longer under threat... until now lol

 

I am having a BlueAir Pro L and M at home, the L in my living room and the M in my bedroom. Also wearing a Vogmask outside.

 

I am supposed to meet friends tonight in Soi 11 for drinks and dinner. Obviously I am not going to sit outside but even inside it won’t be any better because the restaurant probably has had windows and doors open since the morning. I am tempted to stay inside now. Having to spend time in this dirty air when it’s unavoidable is one thing, but doing it intentionally is another... intentionally would be being exposed tonight. Should I decline? I am unsure... health comes first!

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Was walking on Sukhumvit between 2-3pm this afternoon.  My handheld SNDWAY read 100+ PM2.5, which is an AQI of about 175.  But very few people were wearing masks. 

 

Last year at this time I remember my Thai friends following AQI on Line and all wearing masks. What's different this year?

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5 minutes ago, Misty said:

Was walking on Sukhumvit between 2-3pm this afternoon.  My handheld SNDWAY read 100+ PM2.5, which is an AQI of about 175.  But very few people were wearing masks. 

 

Last year at this time I remember my Thai friends following AQI on Line and all wearing masks. What's different this year?

 

I noticed the same thing and I think it's simply that people don't care. Lady year it was "new" news... Perhaps even a fashion statement 🙄

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Couple hours ago I was outside at Sathorn on the skywalk above Naradiwas (BTS Chong Nonsi).  My monitor was reading 140-142 (that's mcg/cubic meter = almost 200 AQI).  I've monitored there many times and this was by far the highest I've seen.

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58 minutes ago, Pravda said:

 

I noticed the same thing and I think it's simply that people don't care. Lady year it was "new" news... Perhaps even a fashion statement 🙄

I think last year people thought the air pollution was actually going to cause immediate death so bought the masks out of fear but now they realise that isn't the case they've lost interest.

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20 hours ago, Moonlover said:

Confusingly this comment about Bangkok air quality appears in the Issan local forum.

 

Well I'm happy to report that right now where we live in the north east of Issan the AQI is 55 and the air is sweet and clear. I can live with that thank you.

 

By the way @bwpage3, air cons do not suck in air from the outside.

Where do You get your air from?

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