Breathe easy: Google Maps shows the air quality in Spain

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A couple of years ago Google Maps released a new layer to show air quality superimposed on the map, although as usual it was released in a very limited way, first in the United States, Australia and India. The Google Maps air quality layer is finally available in Spain and, indeed, throughout Europe.

The information of the Air quality reaches Europe on Google Maps as a visual way of knowing the atmospheric pollution around us or any other place to which we move the map.

Air quality on Google Maps

The WHO estimates that atmospheric pollution It is the cause of 6.7 million premature deaths each year, although it is not always easy to distinguish its state or the difference between “a little pollution” and levels considered harmful to health.

These pollution levels They can be measured with different standards, of which one of the most popular is the AQI indexa numerical scale that the higher it is, the worse the pollution:

  • 0 – 33: Very good.
  • 34 – 66: Good.
  • 67 – 99: Acceptable.
  • 100 – 149: Bad.
  • 150 – 200: Very bad.
  • 200+: Harmful.

You have applications to consult it and even the National Air Quality Index from the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, but now you have a much more handy form: from Google Maps. This information is finally available in Spain and most European countries.


To see this data, you will need to tap on the layer button (the diamond) and choose Air quality which will change the map to a color scale ranging from green for the best air quality to dark purple for the worst, representing AQI indices from 0 to 500.

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Can touch a specific place on the map to see the exact number, although the truth is that Google Maps does not show much information. To show, it does not even indicate the origin of the data, although it does indicate when it was taken. The usual thing will be that they come from an official organization such as the aforementioned index. Spanish ICA either its European equivalent.