The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Tasmania provide an online map showing air quality across the state. This is measured by a network of air quality stations (or monitors) that are located near many towns and cities.
This map shows the concentrations of particulate matter (PM) for small particles (called PM2.5) and larger particles (called PM10). PM2.5 is usually smoke, while PM10 is usually dust. Concentrations are measured in micrograms per cubic metre (µg m-3).
The map is updated every 10 minutes throughout the day. Up to date data for individual stations can be accessed by clicking the points on the map below (at or near the small black squares).
WHAT DO THE NUMBERS MEAN?
The higher the number, the poorer the air quality. As the number gets higher, you are more likely to see and smell smoke.
The Tasmanian Department of Health provides the following air quality health categories based on a one-hour average of PM2.5 values.
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|PM2.5||What the conditions are like||What this means|
|Beautiful. In many parts of Tasmania background PM2.5 is less than 5 and hard to beat.||Enjoy the outdoors.|
|Generally good, it might appear a little hazy.||This could indicate that air quality is beginning to get worse. Keep an eye on conditions. If the smoke has been much worse and is now improving, this is a good time to open and air your house.|
|Generally you are able to see or smell smoke in the air when PM2.5 is over 25.||The smoky air could worsen the health of people at higher risk from smoke. People at higher risk from smoke should consider taking action. For more information about what you can do, see the Bushfire smoke and your healthfact sheet.|
|It will likely be very smoky and unpleasant for everyone.||This represents severe air pollution. People at higher risk from smoke should take action to manage any health conditions and reduce the amount of smoke they breathe. For more information about what you can do, see the Bushfire smoke and your health fact sheet.|
|Particle concentrations are listed on the map as “Station Abbreviation: (PM10,PM2.5)”, e.g. HT: (17,4).|