12 Sep '11, 2am

Haze and the smell of smoke reported in several parts of Singapore, as PSI rises to 55 - into the 'moderate' range

Residents in several parts of Singapore - including Chinatown and Marina Bay - reported hazy skies and the smell of smoke in the air yesterday. The 24-hour PSI reading as at 4pm yesterday was 55, slipping to the moderate range from the previous 41, which was in the good range. The NEA said the South-west Monsoon season from June to September is the traditional dry season for the southern part of the South-east Asian region. It said periods of dry weather, interspersed with the occasional thundery showers in the afternoon and "Sumatra" squalls in the pre-dawn and early morning, are common during this season. The extended periods of dry weather could lead to an increase in hotspots. In the past few days, scattered hotspots with slight to moderate smoke haze have been detected mainly over the central and southern parts of Sumatra. Singapore could experience brief periods of s...

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