MALAYSIA - After being shrouded in haze just a few days ago, the air quality in the northern parts of the peninsula was fresher as Malaysians ushered in the Merdeka Day.
According to the website of the Department of Environment, the Air Pollutant Index (API) as of 4pm yesterday was bordering in between the moderate and healthy levels.
The API at Universiti Sains Malaysia and Seberang Jaya were recorded at 51 and 50, respectively.
In Prai, the reading was in the healthy-level bracket of 37.
Visibility around the state had also improved with an average reading of 8km in Bayan Lepas, Butterworth and Prai.
Meanwhile, other states like Kedah and Perlis had also recorded healthy API readings.
Tourist haven Langkawi came in at 33 while Alor Setar and Bakar Arang in Sungai Petani recorded a reading of 29 and 41, respectively.
In Perlis, the API reading was 26 while the station at Seri Manjung in Perak showed a reading of 50.
The API readings are expected to maintain or slightly improve as rain is forecast over the coming days.
The API levels of between 0 and 50 are considered as good, 51 to 100 as moderate, 100 to 200 as unhealthy, 200 to 300 as very unhealthy and more than 300 as hazardous.
The API in Kuala Lumpur showed a slight improvement from 68 on Friday to 66 at 5pm yesterday.
The air quality in Malacca was moderate with a reading of 58 as of 5pm yesterday.
The visibility there improved to more than 10km at 6pm on Friday compared to 7km at 8am.
Kota Tinggi, Muar and Pasir Gudang in Johor showed slight improvement in air quality readings at 49, 45 and 50 yesterday respectively, while Larkin Lama maintained a moderate air reading of 51 at 5pm.