Hazy weekend expected as wind blows in smoke from Malaysian hotspots

IT'S likely to be a hazy weekend, as winds from the north-east blow smoke from hotspots in peninsular Malaysia.

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Here is the haze forecast for March 15 & 16 from NEA:

Hazy conditions continue to affect Singapore today. PSI has been in the Moderate range since 6pm Tuesday, 11 March 2014. As at 6pm today, the 24-hr PSI is 52-67 and the 24-hr PM2.5 is 37-54 µg/m3.

The haze can be attributed to hotspots in southern Johor, blown in by the prevailing northeasterly winds. There were 59 hotspots detected in Peninsular Malaysia yesterday, and 35 hotspots in Sumatra. Smoke plumes and haze were visible from some of these hotspots. Parts of Peninsular Malaysia have been experiencing air quality in the Unhealthy to Hazardous range today. As at 4pm this afternoon, the air quality in Port Klang in Selangor is in the Hazardous range.

The weather in Singapore is expected to be warm with hazy conditions, and brief and localised showers are expected in the late afternoon over the northern and western parts of Singapore.

We expect air quality levels in Singapore to fluctuate over the next 24 hours. 24-h PM2.5 concentrations may reach unhealthy levels during some parts of the day, although the situation is expected to gradually improve overnight. NEA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

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