Singapore, 18 September 2014 – The hazy conditions in Singapore today are caused by transboundary haze from Kalimantan, with the prevailing winds blowing from the east or southeast. As at 6pm today, the 24-hr PSI is 95-99, in the Moderate range.

2          Based on NOAA satellite data, there is widespread thick smoke haze in the southern parts of Kalimantan, which is also spreading to the southern parts of the South China Sea.

3          These hazy conditions in Singapore may be sustained over the next one to two days, as Kalimantan is expected to experience mostly dry conditions, and winds continue to blow from east or southeast.

4          Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, has written to the Indonesia Minister of Environment Balthasar Kambuaya, to express Singapore’s deep concern over the transboundary haze from Indonesia that has affected Singapore.  He also reiterated Singapore’s offer of assistance to the Indonesians to help deal with the fires.

5          For tomorrow, the prevailing winds are expected to blow from the east or southeast. Thundery showers are forecast in the afternoon for Singapore. Haziness may also be experienced during the day. The overall air quality for the next 24 hours is expected to fluctuate between the high-end of the Moderate range and the low-end of the Unhealthy range.

6          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, healthy persons should reduce prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion. The elderly, pregnant women and children should minimise prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion, while those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion. Persons who are not feeling well, especially the elderly and children, and those with chronic heart or lung conditions, should seek medical attention.

7          NEA will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with our Indonesian counterparts on the transboundary haze issue.      

8          For updates, visit our NEA website (www.nea.gov.sg), the haze microsite (www.haze.gov.sg), or follow us on NEA Facebook (www.facebook.com/NEASingapore) and NEA Twitter (@NEAsg).



PSI Updates
at 7pm on 18 Sep 2014

24-hr PSI: 95 - 100
3-hr PSI: 88

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Note: Air quality based on PSI is as follows:

PSI Value Air Quality Descriptor
0 - 50 Good
51 - 100 Moderate
101 - 200 Unhealthy
201 - 300 Very unhealthy
Above 300 Hazardous

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