Haze update: Better air expected today than originally forecast

SINGAPORE - The National Environment Agency said on Sunday at noon that the air quality for the rest of the day is expected to be better than originally forecast.

Here is the press release from NEA:

There has been an improvement in air quality since last night, and this improvement has been sustained this morning. As at 12 noon today, the 24-hr PSI is 88-98 and the 24-hr PM2.5 is 81-102 microgrammes/ cubic metre.

The improvement in the air quality is due to a change in the direction of the low level winds over Singapore, from south-westerly to southerly, since last night. The 24- hour PSI for the rest of today is expected to be in the Unhealthy band (101-200) instead of the earlier forecasted band of 201-300.

The health advisory for 23 Jun 2013 is as follows:

Healthy persons should minimise prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion.

Elderly, pregnant women, children should minimise prolonged outdoor activity.

Persons with chronic medical conditions especially lung or heart disease should avoid all outdoor activity. If outdoor activity is unavoidable, wear an N95 mask.

For Employers

Employers should deploy susceptible employees to work indoors where possible.

Employers should provide N95 masks to susceptible employees working outdoors if outdoor activity is unavoidable.