Melbourne's Air Quality Index

Data Jan 14, 2020

Australia is in the middle of a bushfire crisis, with a state of emergency declared for seven days just after the new year in NSW, the worst hit state [1]. However, the secondary affects of the fires is also a large cause for concern, with the air quality dropping to the worst possible level this morning (14/01/2020) [2].

The one question on my mind, was how does it compare to cities commonly thought of as having poor air quality? Using canva, and data retrivied from AQICN, I was able to get real time statistics and plot the data.


  • [1] The Guardian, “NSW state of emergency: what does it mean for the bushfires crisis?”, 2020.
  • [2] ABC, “Melbourne air quality drops to ‘hazardous’ levels as bushfire smoke lingers over Victoria” ,2020