This page contains real-time data from the BLANkET air station at New Town (Hobart) for today and yesterday. The New Town station is near the Tasmanian Hockey Centre, approximately 3.5 km north-east of Hobart CBD.
This station is a reference-level air monitoring station for Tasmania. For more information on this see the
National Environment Protection Measure (Ambient Air) Monitoring page.
Current air quality at New Town
Date: 31 March 2023 Time: 07:20 AEST (add one hour for summer time)
Current PM10 = 2 micrograms per cubic metre
Current PM2.5 = 1 micrograms per cubic metre
Hour-average PM2.5 = 1 micrograms per cubic metre
Air quality health category (from the hour-average PM2.5) is good
The plots below show PM10 and PM2.5 indicative data (top) and meteorological data (bottom) measured today at New Town. The most recent measurements are shown in the boxes to the right of the plots below.
T - air temperature
RH - relative humidity
WS - wind speed
WD - wind direction
RF - daily rainfall
P - mean sea-level pressure (MSLP)
The meteorological data are provided as a guide to interpreting the air quality data. They should not be used in place of Bureau of Meteorology data for determining weather conditions in a given region.
Please Note: subject to network connectivity, this plot will be updated approximately every 10 minutes during the day. Use the 'Refresh' or 'Reload' button on your browser (or press F5) to refresh the plot. If networking issues do not allow real-time access on a given day the plot will show the most recently available data.
More information about interpreting the plots
Air quality health categories
The Tasmanian Department of Health provides the following air quality health categories based on the hour-averaged PM2.5 value:
Good: 0 to 9 micrograms per cubic metre
Fairly Good: 10 to 24 micrograms per cubic metre
Fairly Poor: 25 to 49 micrograms per cubic metre
Poor: 50 to 99 micrograms per cubic metre
Very Poor: 100 to 299 micrograms per cubic metre
Extremely Poor: Over 300 micrograms per cubic metre
See the Department of Health Air Quality page for more information - scroll down to Tracking Air Quality for category descriptions.
Yesterday's unvalidated air quality data from New Town air station
The plots below show PM10 and PM2.5 indicative data (top) and meteorological data (bottom) measured yesterday at New Town. The day-average measurements are shown in the boxes to the right of the plots below.
The yesterday's data plot shows the real-time values measured for the whole day yesterday. If network issues have prevented data updates the plot will show the most recent complete day of data.
Important Note: These data are from a DRX DustTrak, as used in the BLANkET stations. These data are indicative only, and are provided for public information. These unvalidated data cannot be used to determine if air quality standards have been exceeded.
Final validated data from reference low-volume air samplers will be available on this website after validation. Visit our
validated air quality data pages.
In keeping with legislative requirements the data are reported in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) throughout the year.
PM2.5 is an indicator of smoke. These are the red triangle symbols in the plots. PM2.5 values below 5 µg m-3 signify very clear air. On a smoky winter's evening in Hobart or Launceston PM2.5 may be near 50 µg m-3 for several hours.
Data for this station for other time intervals (including previous years) can be accessed from the Historical BLANkET Data page.
National Environmental Protection Measure (NEPM) Air Standards
The 24-hour reporting standard for PM10 is 50 µg m-3. The 24-hour advisory reporting standard for PM2.5 is 25 µg m-3.
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