Rain may clear up haze soon

Rain may clear up haze soon

15 August 2006

published by www.nst.com.my

Persekutuan, Malaysia — Look for clearer skies in a few days, when rainfall may clear up the haze in parts of the country.

Meteorological Services Department principal assistant director Muhammad Helmi Abdullah said the dry weather was expected to continue for a few days, but there were indications of rainfall after that on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, and Sabah and Sarawak.

The Air Pollution Index released by the Department of Environment at 11am yesterday listed 13 areas as “good” and 38 areas with moderate air quality readings. There were no unhealthy air pollution index readings in the country.

Muhammad Helmi said visibility readings yesterday in certain areas of Sarawak were unsatisfactory. In Kuching, visibility was down to 4km and in Sri Aman, 5km. In surrounding areas, visibility was between 6km and 8km.

Visibility in Kuala Lumpur was better, up to 10km.

He said as of 7pm on Sunday, there were 41 hotspots in Sumatra and 163 in Borneo. No hotspots were reported in thepeninsula.


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