Slightly hazy days due to smoke from hotspots in Sumatra: NEA

Slightly hazy days due to smoke from hotspots in Sumatra: NEA

22June 2005

publishedby Channel NewsAsia


SINGAPORE : A change in wind direction has brought some smoke haze from Sumatra to Singapore.

The National Environment Agency says satellite pictures have shown an increase in the number of hotspots in Sumatra over the past few days. More than 100 hotspots were detected in Riau and central Sumatra last Sunday. 

Until recently, the smoke from these fires has not affected Singapore because of the location of the fires and the direction of the winds. But a change in wind direction has caused slightly hazy conditions and a drop in visibility last Sunday and on Wednesday.

The hazy condition is expected to persist over the next few days but it may improve when wind direction changes to a southeasterly direction later in the week.At 4pm on Wednesday evening, the PSI level was 74. This is the highest level recorded this year, but still within the ‘moderate’ range.

The latest weather and PSI information is available at the NEA website.


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