The air in Podgorica yesterday was again polluted four times higher than normal due to wild fires raging around Podgorica and Montenegro. On August 27, firefighters registered more than 50 fires in the area of Podgorica, which at that time created a ring of fire around the City. Despite this, the air pollution on Monday was under the allowed values because of the moderate north wind.
After two days of rest for the lungs, which was due to the northern wind, the air quality has dropped sharply on August 29. Agency for Environmental Protection authorities announced that the concentration of powder materials in the air on August 30 at 10:00 UTC was 187 micrograms per cubic meter. It was far over allowed value of 50 micrograms per cubic meter. However, in a report published on the website of the Agency, states that the concentration of carbon monoxide is below the normal value.
Agency for Environmental Protection has recommended citizens to avoid staying outdoors due to increased concentration of dust particles. This, first of all, refers to the most vulnerable segment of the population – children, the elderly and chronically ill.
Agency for Environmental Protection had earlier explained that this situation is in direct relation to meteorological factors, wind speed and direction, air pressure and high temperatures that caused a number of fires. (Vijesti)
TheTruthBehindUs blog contributed to this report.
Featured image credit: Željko Mihajlović - The sun can hardly be seen from the smoke that has formed clouds of smoke over the Podgorica city.