Hot in S'pore, but not likely to get hazy for now

Mr Bobby Lim and his 11-month-old grandson Javen at the Sports Hub water park yesterday.
Mr Bobby Lim and his 11-month-old grandson Javen at the Sports Hub water park yesterday.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Singapore continues to swelter, with the hot, dry weather showing no signs of letting up.

The total monthly rainfall for this month is predicted to be 15 per cent to 45 per cent below average. Temperatures, on the other hand, are forecasted to be above average. Yesterday, a high of 34 deg C was recorded at Admiralty at 3.36pm.

But the silver lining, experts say, is that with relatively few fires spotted in Indonesia, the haze is unlikely to make a comeback for now.

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite images, there were seven hot spots in Sumatra as of yesterday evening.

Isolated hot spots were detected in Borneo and Vietnam.

 

Dr Erik Velasco, a research scientist at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology's Centre for Environmental Sensing and Modelling, said the low numbers mean that the risk of transboundary haze here is low.

The 24-hour PSI stood between 56 and 61 as of 8pm yesterday, which puts it in the low-moderate range. It is considered unhealthy when the 24-hour PSI crosses 100.

"And while there was haze in Riau, the wind did not bring it here," he added. A light haze is currently blanketing Dumai and several other cities in Riau .

Yesterday the Jakarta Post reported that poor visibility had disrupted flights at Dumai City's Pinang Kampai Airport over the last three days.

The National Environment Agency said last Friday that there will be an increased risk of transboundary haze here in the coming months, as the weather is expected to be drier and warmer than usual.

This is a result of the strengthening El Nino phenomenon.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2015, with the headline 'Hot in S'pore, but not likely to get hazy for now'. Print Edition | Subscribe