Singaporeans rejoice at sight of clear skies as haze eases

The crowd at Raffles Place enjoying their lunch under sunny skies on Oct 7, 2015.
The crowd at Raffles Place enjoying their lunch under sunny skies on Oct 7, 2015.

SINGAPORE - Thursday (Oct 8) marked the second straight day of relatively clear skies as Singaporeans rejoiced at the respite from the haze.

 

Social media was flooded with photos of blue skies and haze-free landscapes as many expressed hope that the current good weather would hold out.

Air quality had improved markedly over the past 24 hours, with the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) in the moderate range of 73-82 at 11pm.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong started the ball rolling with a Facebook photo at 12.20pm on Wednesday. "3-hour PSI at 68. Nice to see sunshine and blue skies, if only for a while, this morning," he wrote.

His sentiments were echoed by several other ministers and MPs, including Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, Acting Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, as well as MPs Darryl David and Baey Yam Keng.

Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan delivered another piece of good news later in the day - that Indonesia had accepted Singapore's offer to help combat the forest fires still raging in Kalimantan and Sumatra.

Check out some of the other social media posts by netizens relieved at the chance to breathe some fresh air again.