Haze over KL but readings say its clear

PETALING JAYA - A haze shrouded Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya but according to the Department of Environment's Air Pollutant Index (API), all was clear.

According to the readings, the air quality has returned to mostly healthy and moderate levels across the country. This came about after a brief incident of haze earlier this week in the northern states.

At 5pm yesterday, the Department of Environment's Air Pollutant Index (API) revealed that 27 areas reported healthy air quality while 23 areas were in the lower ranges of moderate air quality level.

This is a stark contrast compared to the air quality on Wednesday when most northern states in the peninsula recorded moderate levels, following a marked increase of 488 hotspots in Sumatra.

On that day, two areas reached unhealthy air quality which were Bakar Arang, Kedah (104) and Seberang Jaya 2, Penang (103).

In George Town, the API readings showed an improvement yesterday compared to Thursday. It stood at a moderate level of 54 as at 5pm yesterday.

Visibility in the state had also improved with the Meteorological Department's website recording a range of 8km on the island and 6km in Prai as at 5pm.