Haze forecast and health advisory for July 7

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency (NEA) has released a health advisory and haze forecast for July 6, 2013.

Here is the full statement from the NEA:

The 24-hr PSI for the next 24 hours is expected to be in the Good band. The 24-hr PM2.5 is expected to be slightly elevated. All persons can continue with normal activities.

Haze forecast

As at 4pm today, the 24-hr PSI is 24-30 and the 24-hr PM2.5 is 16-20µg/m3.

For the next few days, the low level winds are forecast to be southerly. For tomorrow, it is expected to be partly cloudy.

Health advisory (July 5, 2013, 6pm to July 6, 2013, 6pm)

Based on the 24-hr PSI and 24-hr PM2.5 forecast, the health advisory for this period corresponds to the PSI <100 band in the MOH Health Advisory for the General Public and Workers, as follows:

Healthy persons: Normal activities

Elderly, pregnant women, children: Normal activities

Persons with chronic medical conditions especially lung or heart disease: Normal activities

Note: Persons who are not feeling well should seek medical attention.

Note: The health impact of haze is dependent on one's health status, the PSI (Pollutant Standards Index) level, and the length and intensity of outdoor activity.

Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. The MOH health advisory for general public and workers provides general advice on the preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the health impact of haze when the air quality is poor. Persons who are not feeling well, especially those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.

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