Slight haze covers S'pore again

Slight haze covers S'pore again

SINGAPORE - Here we go again. Hazy skies, unclear views, a smell in the air. All because of smoke blown in from burning vegetation in Indonesia.

On Twitter, the hashtag #sghaze was trending.

Thankfully, the haze did not go beyond the moderate range on Tuesday.

The three-hour reading of the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) spiked to 56 at 2pm. At 4pm, the 24-hour PSI remained in the good band of 30-37 and the 24-hour PM2.5 reading was 19-24 micrograms per cubic metre.

The slight haze across the island was due to smoke from fires in southern Sumatra, brought over by southwesterly winds overnight, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.

The total number of hotspots detected was 29 yesterday, but extensive cloud cover over central and northern Sumatra made the exact situation uncertain "Over the next few days... Singapore may experience slightly hazy conditions in the morning due to the accumulation of particulate matter under light wind conditions," NEA said.

Thundery showers are also expected on Wednesday.

Normal activities can continue for all, NEA said.


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