Air quality in Ostrava

Air quality index (AQI) and PM2.5 air pollution in Ostrava

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What is the current weather in Ostrava?

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WeatherScattered clouds
Temperature15°C
Humidity67%
Wind7.1 mp/h
Pressure1022 mb

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Real-time Czech Republic city ranking

#cityUS AQI
1 Most, Ustecky

68

2 Budejovice, Jihocesky

61

3 Cheb, Karlovarsky

59

4 Vratimov, Moravskoslezsky

59

5 Havirov, Moravskoslezsky

57

6 Pribram, Central Bohemia

57

7 Sedlec, South Moravian

55

8 Tabor, Jihocesky

55

9 Zlin, Zlin

55

10 Karvina, Moravskoslezsky

54

(local time)

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Real-time Ostrava air quality ranking

#stationUS AQI
1 Ostrava-Heřmanice

41

2 Ostrava-Fifejdy

33

3 Ostrava-Zabreh

33

4 Ostrava-Marianske Ho

31

5 Ostrava-Ceskobratrsk

29

6 Ostrava-Radvanice ZU

27

7 Ostrava-Radvanice OZO

26

8 Ostrava-Privoz

13

9 Ostrava-Poruba, DD

12

10 Ostrava - Hrusov

10

(local time)

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US AQI

27

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Overview

What is the current air quality in Ostrava?

Air pollution levelAir quality indexMain pollutant
Good 27 US AQIO3
PollutantsConcentration
PM2.5
4µg/m³
PM10
8µg/m³
O3
67.1µg/m³
NO2
9.8µg/m³
SO2
5.6µg/m³
CO
10.8µg/m³

PM2.5 concentration in Ostrava air currently meets the WHO annual air quality guideline value

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Forecast

Ostrava air quality index (AQI) forecast

DayPollution levelWeatherTemperatureWind
Saturday, Jun 11

Good 39 US AQI

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Weather icon22°11°
Wind rotating 10 degree

14.4 mp/h

Sunday, Jun 12

Good 48 US AQI

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Weather icon25°12°
Wind rotating 347 degree

7.2 mp/h

Monday, Jun 13

Moderate 55 US AQI

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Weather icon21°12°
Wind rotating 342 degree

25.2 mp/h

Today

Good 27 US AQI

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Weather icon18°
Wind rotating 357 degree

10.8 mp/h

Wednesday, Jun 15

Good 27 US AQI

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Weather icon22°
Wind rotating 117 degree

3.6 mp/h

Thursday, Jun 16

Good 38 US AQI

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Weather icon26°12°
Wind rotating 266 degree

25.2 mp/h

Friday, Jun 17

Good 22 US AQI

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Weather icon19°11°
Wind rotating 340 degree

18 mp/h

Saturday, Jun 18

Good 26 US AQI

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Weather icon23°12°
Wind rotating 186 degree

7.2 mp/h

Sunday, Jun 19

Good 49 US AQI

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Weather icon27°15°
Wind rotating 211 degree

21.6 mp/h

Monday, Jun 20

Good 49 US AQI

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Weather icon22°11°
Wind rotating 200 degree

21.6 mp/h

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AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS AND STATISTICS FOR Ostrava

Is Ostrava a very polluted city just now?

Ostrava is a city in the north-east of the Czech Republic, and the capital of the Moravian-Silesian Region. The city lies 15 kilometres from the Polish border where four rivers converge making a very strategic crossing point.

During December of 2021, Ostrava was enjoying a period of “Good” quality air with a US AQI reading of just 21. This United States Air Quality Index number is calculated using the levels of six of the most commonly occurring air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, ozone, carbon monoxide and both sizes of particulate matter, which are PM2.5 and PM10. It can then be used as the metric when comparing air quality in other cities around the world. If data is unavailable for all 6 pollutants, a figure can still be calculated by using what figures there are. Ostrava measured all six of the major pollutants which were; PM2.5 - 3 µg/m³, PM10 - 5.5 µg/m³, ozone (O3) - 52.5 µg/m³, nitrogen dioxide (NO2) - 12.3 µg/m³, sulphur dioxide (SO2) - 4 µg/m³ and carbon monoxide (CO) - 0.3 µg/m³.

This level of PM2.5 is within the recommended safe level of 10 µg/m³ as suggested by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as being an acceptable level. Although no amount of air pollution is considered to be safe.

When air pollution is classified as being “Good”, doors and windows can be safely opened to allow the flow of fresh air to enter the house. All forms of outdoor activities can be enjoyed without fear of detrimental effects of air pollution.

For up-to-date information about air quality, there is an app available from AirVisual.com which is downloadable for all mobile devices.

Does the level of air pollution remain constant throughout the year in Ostrava?

Air pollution can be affected by many variables; therefore, it can change very quickly depending on meteorological and atmospheric conditions.

Looking back at the figures for 2020, published by IQAir.com, it can be seen that three months of the year returned “Good” quality air with readings between 10 and 12 µg/m³. These three months were February, June and July. The remaining nine months returned figures between 12.1 and 35.4 µg/m³ from the “Moderate” category. The best month being May with a reading of 12.2 µg/m³, the worst being December with a 26.4 µg/m³ reading.

Historically, records have been kept regarding air pollution since 2017 when a figure of 27.8 was noted. A decline in quality was seen in 2018 when that figure was 30.1 µg/m³. A marked improvement was seen in 2019 with a reading of 20.9 µg/m³ before another improvement in 2020 when the figure was 16.6 µg/m³. However, this reading may have been affected by the COVID-19 situation as many vehicles were no longer in daily use because the offices were closed, in an attempt to halt the spread of the virus. Many factories and non-essential production units were also required to close which removed their emissions from the atmosphere.

Is there a main source of the air pollution in Ostrava?

Although air quality has been significantly improved in Ostrava in recent years, this topic is one of the most current environmental problems. The reasons are the number and yield of emission sources (industry, local heating, transport) and the frequent occurrence of unfavourable air pollution situations in the winter months (connection with geographical, climatic and meteorological conditions).

A significant source of pollution, which manifests itself especially in winter in smog situations, is the transfer of harmful substances from neighbouring Poland. The research of the Health Institute in Ostrava states that the share of Polish local heating in the total air pollution concentrations of PM10 near the border can reach up to 47 percent on the Czech side. In the Ostrava region, during periods of smog situations, emissions from Poland may account for up to two thirds of pollution.

Locally, i.e., in the immediate vicinity of large industrial enterprises, the influence of industry on air pollution prevails. For example, 70 per cent of pollution in the Ostrava district of Radvanice and Bartovice still comes from industry, because a large smelter is located in its immediate vicinity. The largest metallurgical plant in the Czech Republic, has been postponing the necessary measures for improvement for many years, makes a significant contribution to the catastrophic state of the air. Measurements show that hygienic limits are exceeded by hundreds of percent throughout the year.

What can be done to improve the air quality in Ostrava?

Thanks to the slowdown in industry and investment in the greening of large sources, emissions have dropped significantly by more than 90 per cent since 1989. There are now six self-collection road sweepers, which remove hundreds of tons of dust and rubbish from Ostrava throughout the year. Dust removal from city roads is one of a series of steps that lead to improved air quality in Ostrava.

Billions of crowns invested in reducing emissions from steel plants led to a significant decrease in harmful emissions into the air in the Moravian-Silesian Region.

Ostrava has changed significantly since the last of the local mines closed almost thirty years ago. The city is also moving in a more ecological direction in the area of transport. Passengers no longer use paper tickets in public transport and should not be able to take a diesel bus from the middle of 2021. The Ostrava transport company wants to completely decommission them.

What are the health impacts of breathing dirty air in Ostrava?

Ostrava has become a pan-European symbol of air pollution. Dissatisfaction with the situation caused mainly by the concentration of heavy industry is expressed by 93 per cent of the population; and identifies polluted air and insufficient environmental protection as an urgent problem.

The air you breathe can affect your mental health. And if you already suffer from mental health problems, the dirty air is likely to make them worse. At least that's what the study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry says. They encourage states to think about ways in which air quality could be improved. Smog also has a negative impact on the occurrence of anxiety or intelligence.

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