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HAZE SITUATION UPDATE (29 AUGUST 2016)

Haze Situation Update (29 August 2016)Air Quality

The 1-hr PM2.5 concentration over the next 24 hours is expected to stay in Band I (Normal). Overall, the PSI for the next 24 hours is forecast to be in the Moderate range.

Health Advisory

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

Singapore, 29 August 2016 – There was an improvement in the haze conditions this morning as the prevailing winds gradually strengthened to blow from the south. Showers affected parts of Singapore in the late morning and afternoon today. As at 5pm today, the 24-hr PSI was 65-95, in the Moderate range, and the 1-hr PM2.5 was 12-19 µg/m3, in Band I (Normal).

2         One hotspot was detected in Sumatra today. The low hotspot count was due to cloud cover. Showers over parts of central Sumatra today have helped to reduce the extent of the haze there. Some haze was still observed over the Strait of Malacca.

3          For the rest of today and tomorrow, the prevailing winds are forecast to blow from the southeast or south. Thundery showers are expected in the morning for Singapore. The 1-hr PM2.5 concentration over the next 24 hours is expected to stay in Band I (Normal). Overall, the PSI for the next 24 hours is forecast to be in the Moderate range.

4          The health impact of haze is dependent on one’s health status, the PSI level, and the length and intensity of outdoor activity. Reducing outdoor activities and physical exertion can help limit the ill effects from haze exposure. Given the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, everyone can continue with normal activities. Persons who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.

5          NEA has introduced bands and descriptors for 1-hr PM2.5 concentration readings this haze season. During the haze season, the main air pollutant is PM2.5. 1-hour PM2.5 concentration readings are a good indicator of the current air quality. Use this for immediate activities like going for a jog.

6          For updates, visit our NEA website (www.nea.gov.sg), MSS website (www.weather.gov.sg), the haze microsite (www.haze.gov.sg), mobile apps (myEnv and Weather@SG) or follow us on NEA Facebook (www.facebook.com/NEASingapore) and NEA Twitter (@NEAsg).

 






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