Haze to persist on Tuesday, though conditions expected to improve later in the day

The hazy outlook at Kranji Reservoir at 11am on Oct 5, 2015.
The hazy outlook at Kranji Reservoir at 11am on Oct 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN
Hazy outlook around Bugis at 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was 142 on Oct 5, 2015.
Hazy outlook around Bugis at 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was 142 on Oct 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Hazy outlook around Bugis at 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was 142 on Oct 5, 2015.
Hazy outlook around Bugis at 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was 142 on Oct 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Haze outlook around Tanjong Rhu condo at 9.26am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was 142 on Oct 5, 2015.
Haze outlook around Tanjong Rhu condo at 9.26am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was 142 on Oct 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Hazy outlook at Sports Hub at about 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was at 142 on Oct 05, 2015.
Hazy outlook at Sports Hub at about 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was at 142 on Oct 05, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Hazy outlook at Sports Hub at about 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was at 142 on Oct 05, 2015.
Hazy outlook at Sports Hub at about 9.30am when the 3-hour PSI at 9am was at 142 on Oct 05, 2015. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
PSI at moderate level of 98 at Ang Mo Kio at about 9.50am on Oct 5, 2015.
PSI at moderate level of 98 at Ang Mo Kio at about 9.50am on Oct 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN
PSI hitting unhealthy level of 106 at YewTee at 9am on Oct 5, 2015.
PSI hitting unhealthy level of 106 at YewTee at 9am on Oct 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN
PSI at moderate level of 98 at Ang Mo Kio at about 9.50am on Oct 5, 2015.
PSI at moderate level of 98 at Ang Mo Kio at about 9.50am on Oct 5, 2015. ST PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN

SINGAPORE - The haze took a turn for the worse on Monday (Oct 5), as the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) edged back into the unhealthy band.

As of 10pm, the 24-hour PSI stood at between 129 and 162 - in the middle of the unhealthy range (101-200). The three-hour PSI, which is not tied to a health advisory, had risen to 161.

Many parts of Singapore had experienced comparatively better weather on Sunday, with the 24-hour PSI dropping into the moderate range due to favourable winds that prevented denser wind from being blown in from Sumatra.

But an update from the National Environment Agency at 5pm on Monday noted a deterioration in the haze conditions in Singapore, as prevailing winds blew haze from Kalimantan towards Singapore. 

Haze from Kalimantan has still been observed in the seas south-east of Singapore, with widespread haze spotted in central and southern Sumatra as well. However, conditions are expected to improve slightly.

"For tomorrow (Tuesday), the prevailing winds are forecast to blow from the east-northeast or east-southeast," said NEA in a statement. "A slight improvement in the haze conditions may be expected."

The 24-hour PSI for the next 24 hours is expected to remain in the mid to high sections of the Unhealthy range, though it is expected to drop to the low end of the Unhealthy range it conditions improve.

 

While Singapore was granted a breather from the haze, Malaysia bore the brunt of it as air pollution hit hazardous levels over the weekend.

The Malaysian authorities ordered all schools, except those in Kelantan, Sabah and Sarawak, to be shut for two days starting on Monday.

In South Sumatra, Indonesia has deployed an additional 2,100 troops - bringing the total personnel there up to 3,7000 - to help combat fires, following a sudden surge in hot spots on Sunday.

For local haze updates, go to the NEA website and the haze microsite, and follow NEA's Facebook page or Twitter account, or download the myEnv app.