Deterioration in haze and visibility conditions in Singapore

The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - There has been some deterioration in the haze and visibility conditions in Singapore this morning.

Some haze from Kalimantan has spread to the surrounding region and this is being blown in by the prevailing weak southeasterly winds, said a National Environment Agency (NEA) haze situation update.

The current 3pm 24-hr PSI reading is between 104 -118 and the 3-hr PSI level is at 199 - both are considered unhealthy levels.

NEA said for the rest of today, the prevailing winds are forecast to continue blowing from the southeast, and the current hazy conditions are expected to persist.

The air quality for the next 12 hours is expected to be in the low to mid sections of the Unhealthy range, and may enter the high end of the Unhealthy range if denser haze is blown in.

The health impact of haze is dependent on one's health status, the PSI level, and the length and intensity of outdoor activity. Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure.

Given the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, healthy persons should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion.

The elderly, pregnant women and children should minimise prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion, while those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion.

Persons who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.

For updates, visit the NEA website (www.nea.gov.sg), the haze microsite (www.haze.gov.sg), NEA's Facebook (www.facebook.com/NEASingapore) and Twitter (@NEAsg), or download the myENV app.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

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