Upper Hunter - Live air quality data

UPDATE: New South Wales is now reporting hourly averages for PM10 and PM2.5. Further information.

Live data feeds of current wind speed, wind direction and air quality.

Wind rose explanation

The map above shows hourly average data for all parameters, i.e., PM10, PM2.5, NO2, SO2, NH3, wind speed and wind direction values.  All readings are updated hourly. Note that the map shows hourly averages for PM10 and PM2.5, and not rolling 24-hour averages as was the case prior to February 2020.

The hourly values for pollutants are categorised into the following air quality ratings:

Pollutant concentration

These air quality categories are based on the (NEPM) standards for hourly NO2 and SO2, and interim web reporting threshold values for hourly PM10 and PM2.5.

This information is also available by calling the NSW OEH Environment Line: 131 555 (local call cost throughout NSW) or (02) 9995 5555 (if calling from outside NSW).

Disclaimer: The data used in the compilation of this page have undergone only preliminary quality assurance checks. These data may require modification during final stages of validation as a result of calibration changes, power failures, instrument failures etc.

When it’s smoky, everyone should:

  • Follow your doctor’s advice about medicines and your asthma management plan if you have one. Keep your medication close at hand. Consult your doctor if symptoms worsen.
  • Reduce or avoid vigorous outdoor activity see activity guide below.
  • Spend more time indoors. Keep doors and windows shut to keep the smoke out. Open windows and doors whenever the smoke clears.
  • Spend time in air conditioned venues like cinemas, libraries and shopping centres.
  • Avoid indoor sources of air pollution like cigarettes, candles and incense sticks.​​​​​

If your child has diagnosed asthma:

  • Have an up to date Asthma Action Plan​. Seek review with your child’s GP to assess their current asthma management.
  • Check your child’s reliever medication and spacer is up-to-date and accessible by a responsible adult.
  • Provide written asthma first aid instructions, completed by your child’s GP, to their preschool, childcare centre or school.
  • Visit the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network’s Aiming for Asthma Improvement in Children​ website which includes a Good asthma control checklist​.

Information for sensitive groups

Some people may be more sensitive to air pollution. Sensitive groups include people with lung disease or heart disease, children, older adults, pregnant women.

Anyone with persistent symptoms should seek medical advice or call Health Direct Australia on 1800 022 222.

What activity can I do?

Colour indicator What activities can I do
Very good
Enjoy normal activities.
Enjoy normal activities.

People unusually sensitive to air pollution should reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.

Others are not likely to be affected when the AQI is in this range.


Sensitive groups should reduce strenuous outdoor activities.

Other adults are not likely to be affected. Anyone who experiences symptoms should reduce outdoor activities.

Very poor

Sensitive groups should avoid strenuous outdoor activities

Other adults should reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.


Sensitive groups should avoid all outdoor activities.

Other adults should avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

  • Bushfire emergency monitoring is being undertaken at the following locations across NSW, using a series of temporary incident air quality monitoring instruments: Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Lismore , Grafton,  Taree, Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Merimbula, Cooma
  • Air quality across NSW may be affected by extensive smoke from bushfires:
  • Visibility (Vis or NEPH) is a good indicator for smoke. If the Visibility AQI is “Poor” or worse, then there is likely to be significant smoke outside. If Visibility is “Fair” (yellow), there could be some impact due to smoke. While visibility is also affected by dust, the instrument is more sensitive to smoke.

Bushfire smoke can affect people's health and it is important for everyone to reduce exposure.

Find out about:

  • Air Quality Index
  • protecting yourself from bushfire smoke
  • returning home safely
  • medications and prescriptions
  • support services
  • illness and injury from bushfire
  • information for child care centres and parents
  • advice for general practitioners

Visit Health NSW - Bushfire

Learn about air quality information, what Air Quality Index values are and how they are calculated.

Understanding Air Quality Data.

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Anyone with persistent symptoms should seek medical advice or call Health Direct Australia on 1800 022 222.