Friday, 26 August 2016

Haze blankets Singapore again

THE HAZE SITUATION

A burning smell and slight haze were experienced over many areas in Singapore this morning. The haze is likely to have been blown in by westerly winds over Singapore. As at 11am today, the 24-hr PSI was 52-70, in the Moderate range, and the 1-hr PM2.5 was 47 – 181µg/m3, in Band I - III (Normal - High).

A total of three hotspots were detected in central Sumatra yesterday. The low hotspot count was due to cloudy conditions. Localised smoke plumes were visible from the hotspots. The latest satellite image this morning shows some hotspots are still observed in central Sumatra.

For the rest of today, the prevailing winds are fluctuating and are expected to blow from the west or southwest. Partly cloudy conditions are forecast over Singapore. The 1-hr PM2.5 concentration over the next 6-12 hours is expected to remain in Band III (High) and Band II (Elevated) ranges. Overall, the PSI reading over the next 12 hours is forecast to be in the high end of the Moderate range. An updated forecast will be given in the afternoon. 

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NEA in a press release issued at 11.50am

“A burning smell and slight haze were experienced over many areas in Singapore this morning. The haze is likely to have been blown in by westerly winds over Singapore. As at 11am today, the 24-hr PSI was 52-70, in the Moderate range, and the 1-hr PM2.5 was 47 – 181µg/m3, in Band I – III (Normal – High).

A total of three hotspots were detected in central Sumatra yesterday. The low hotspot count was due to cloudy conditions. Localised smoke plumes were visible from the hotspots. The latest satellite image this morning shows some hotspots are still observed in central Sumatra.

For the rest of today, the prevailing winds are fluctuating and are expected to blow from the west or southwest. Partly cloudy conditions are forecast over Singapore. The 1-hr PM2.5 concentration over the next 6-12 hours is expected to remain in Band III (High) and Band II (Elevated) ranges. Overall, the PSI reading over the next 12 hours is forecast to be in the high end of the Moderate range. An updated forecast will be given in the afternoon.

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Singapore air quality worsens overnight as Indonesia fire arrests jump

Southeast Asia is bracing itself for its annual, uncomfortable tryst with haze as raging fires at Indonesian plantations worsen pollution in the region.

On Friday, Singapore woke up to a deterioration in air quality overnight, as a thin cloak of haze hung over the city-state. The country's environment agency said that its 3-hour Pollution Standards Index hit the unhealthy level at 10am SIN.

Neighboring Malaysia had already been feeling the effects of the drifting smog since mid-August, local media reported.

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