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The authorities are urging people with heart and respiratory illnesses, the elderly, and children to stay indoors as much as possible.

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UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:08 pm

Macao can expect “bad” air quality on Monday, according to the Macao Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG).

The bureau issued a “moderate-bad” air quality warning on Sunday that remains in force today. An air pollution index of between 75 and 130 is forecast, with roadside areas the worst affected.

While the warning is in place, the SMG recommends that “sensitive population groups” – including people with existing heart or respiratory illnesses, pregnant women, children and the elderly – avoid both strenuous activities and the outdoors.

[See more: You’re not just imagining it. It really is getting hotter in Macao]

The SAR recorded 33 days of poor air quality last year, according to the Environmental Protection Bureau’s 2022 State of the Environment of Macau report. These were mainly due to fine suspended particles and ozone.

However, another report, published by the Pearl River Delta Regional Air Quality Monitoring Network in August, showed that air quality in the Pearl River Delta region has been improving almost continuously since 2006.

While ozone levels were up significantly, carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide – along with inhalable particulate matter – were all trending downwards, according to the report.

 

UPDATED: 21 Dec 2023, 11:08 pm

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