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Friday, September 18, 2009

Haze Outlook

Singapore, 16 September 2009 – Singapore has been experiencing slightly hazy conditions since yesterday. The Pollutant Standards Index was 55 in the 'Moderate' range on Tuesday (15 Sep 09). The 24-hour PSI at 4 pm today was 64, again in the 'Moderate' range.

Dry weather conditions have resulted in the escalation of fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra. The latest satellite pictures showed 66 hotspots in Sumatra, mainly in the provinces of Riau, Jambi and South Sumatra and 4 hotspots in Kalimantan. The low hotspot count for Kalimantan is due to cloud cover.

The prevailing southeasterly to southerly winds have brought some smoke haze from these fires in South Sumatra to Singapore. Slightly hazy conditions are likely to prevail for the next two days. However, an expected increase in shower activities in the region over the next few days may help to alleviate the smoke haze situation.

Haze Outlook from NEA [via]

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