Canberra has the worst air quality in the world AGAIN - forcing childcare centres, museums and shops to close
The capital's air quality is the worst of any major city in the world on Monday morning, as winds carry in smoke from bushfires in New South Wales. The Department of Health is relocating staff in Canberra to other offices in the city due to the smoke but is otherwise operating. © Provided by Daily Mail Canberra child care centres have closed due to the poor air quality in the capital from bushfire smoke Shops, museums and recreational facilities have all slowly closed their doors across the capital as air quality deteriorates.
Melbourne and other parts of Victoria were enveloped in thick hazardous smoke haze this morning. Visibility was poor - and at one point in the early hours
The air quality in Melbourne has dropped to hazardous levels as smoke from the East Gippsland bushfires continues to blanket Victoria. According to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), pollution levels are hazardous in Melton, Macleod, Mooroolbark, Alphington, Box Hill, Dandenong
The air quality in Melbourne has dropped to hazardous levels as smoke from the East Gippsland bushfires continues to blanket Victoria.
According to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), pollution levels are hazardous in Melton, Macleod, Mooroolbark, Alphington, Box Hill, Dandenong, Brighton, Brooklyn, Footscray and Coolaroo.
Since a significant drop in air quality began last week, Ambulance Victoria saw a significant increase in in asthma and air pollution-related callouts.
'Like four cigarettes': Spike in ambulance calls before smoke haze worsens
Smoke from Australia's bushfire crisis has blanketed Melbourne and has been seen drifting as far as South America, as Ambulance Victoria receives a jump in asthma and pollution-related calls.Ambulance Victoria said there was a 43 per cent spike in asthma and pollution-related calls on Monday afternoon, when air quality in Melbourne dropped to "very poor".
About the Air Quality Levels . AQI. Air Pollution Level . Health Implications. Cautionary Statement (for PM2.5). 300+. Hazardous . Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects. Everyone should avoid all outdoor exertion.
Melbourne 's air quality on Tuesday morning is at levels worse than predicted due to an influx of bushfire smoke, plummeting to a " hazardous " rating overnight. Air quality in Melbourne was considered "very poor" according to the Environmental Protection Authority's AirWatch website at 6am
Since 10pm yesterday, the Metropolitan Fire Brigade have also been called out to almost 200 false alerts from fire alarms set off by the heavy smoke.
People living in smoke-affected areas are advised to limit their time outdoors and seek medical advice if they suffer from respiratory conditions.
Almost 1.4 million hectares have burnt statewide and 1500 firefighters remain on the job.
Four Victorians have died as a result of the fires, with 340 homes and 532 other structures destroyed or badly damaged.
Nineteenat 10pm yesterday, Emergency Management Victoria said.
CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said that while five per cent of the state had already burned, there is "still a long way to go this season".
"My message is to encourage the community to keep working with us - stick with us - and we will continue to get through this collectively as one. We are not out of this," he said.
Victorian air quality improving but forecast to plummet again this weekend .
Storms that ravaged parts of the state overnight help clear the air but leave thousands of passengers stranded at Melbourne Airport and force commuters off trains due to lightning strikes.Almost 600 calls were made to the State Emergency Service about fallen trees, building damage and flooding on Wednesday.