Haze unlikely to hit Singapore in next few days: NEA

People at the Marina Barrage on Aug 27, 2016.
People at the Marina Barrage on Aug 27, 2016.ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

SINGAPORE - The haze is unlikely to hit Singapore over the next few days, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.

In an advisory on Saturday (Sept 3) evening, it said that showers are forecast over parts of Sumatra and the surrounding region in the coming week, while prevailing winds are expected to blow from the south-west or west.

"The likelihood of Singapore being affected by transboundary haze is low," the NEA added. "NEA is monitoring closely and will provide updates when necessary."

On Sunday (Sept 4), the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) is expected to be in the moderate range. The one-hour PM2.5 concentration readings are expected to stay in the normal band.

PM2.5 pollutants - fine particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter - are the main pollutants during periods of haze.

Thundery showers are expected in the late morning and early afternoon on Sunday.

On Saturday, 13 hotspots were detected in southern Sumatra, but no visible plumes of smoke or haze were observed.

Given the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, the public can continue with normal activities. Those who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.