JOHOR BARU: Two days of short intermittent downpours in the afternoons and strong winds have helped to clear the skies in the parts of the state badly hit by the haze.
According to the Department of Environment website, the air quality in Kota Tinggi, Larkin Lama and Pasir Gudang has improved to moderate levels while Muar remains slightly on the unhealthy level at 132 as of 11am.
Schools and kindergartens that were closed due to the haze from Friday reopened and parents seemed happy that their children were going back to school.
Lorry driver V. Anbalagan, 45, however is praying for more rain to completely clear the sky near his home in Masai.
"My children have been having breathing difficulties since the haze became worse last week," he said.
Housewife Rokiah Ismail, 34, also hoped for more rain to help cool the temperature.
She complained that she and her family were having difficulty sleeping due to the heat.
"The weather is so hot. I hope there will be heavier rain to chase the heat away," she said.
She also wanted the authority to take action against unscrupulous traders who hike the price of N95 masks.
"Previously, a box of 20 N95 masks at a shopping complex in Desa Tebrau was RM100 but on Monday, the price increased by 20 per cent to RM120," she said.