Haze-free skies likely till June

Vehicles making their way through hazy conditions in Indonesia’s Riau province. Forest fires which have been occurring there have caused haze which also blanketed neighbouring countries Singapore and Malaysia.

PETALING JAYA - Malaysia is likely to escape severe haze despite the detection of nearly 300 hotspots in Indonesia's Sumatra, said the Malaysian Meterological Depart­ment (MMD).

Dr Hisham Mohd Anip, a department spokesman, said haze from forest fires was not expected to spread to Malaysia based on predicted wind patterns.

However, MMD warned that the risk would be higher between June to August as winds would likely change directions.

Indonesia news agency Antara reported that 297 hotspots were detected in Sumatra on Tuesday.