Sydney has smashed its record for the number of days of hazardous air pollution, with the strong likelihood of extending the tally before the city’s cloak of smoke clears.
Of the 25 days from November 11 to Friday, 17 registered as hazardous air quality. That number exceeded the record of 16 days for the whole six months between October 2013 and the end of March 2014, the state government said.
“NSW has experienced other periods of poor air quality that lasted several weeks, including the 1994 Sydney bushfires and the Black Christmas bushfires of December 2001-January 2002,” according to a spokeswoman in the Environment, Energy & Science unit of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
“This event however is the longest and the most widespread in our records of comparable detail since the early 1990s.”