10 May '11, 2am

The haze may be returning soon: Satellite images recorded 136 hotspots in Sumatra yesterday

The haze may be returning soon: Satellite images recorded 136 hotspots in Sumatra yesterday

Lower visibility: A thick haze blanketing Petaling Jaya's skyline at noon Monday. -- PHOTO: THE STAR PETALING JAYA - SATELLITE images recorded 136 hotspots in Sumatra on Monday, indicating a cloud of haze that may affect neighbouring countries soon. Malaysian Meteorological Department data revealed that as of 5pm, three other hotspots were detected in Kalimantan, two more in Sarawak and one each in the peninsula and Sabah. A department officer explained that these hotspots were open burnings occurring in real-time. He, however, could not comment if the hotspots were the cause of the sweltering heat in the country. The temperature remained at almost the same high level over the past three days. The highest recorded in Subang and Petaling Jaya topped 35 deg C yesterday and 36 deg C over the weekend. Meanwhile, the Air Pollutant Index (API) retrieved from the Department of En...

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