Met Dept: Parts of S’wak to experience haze today, little or no rain in sight

KUCHING: A few places in the state are expected to be still shrouded by haze today, with prevailing winds blowing over persistent hot spots in Kalimantan from the southwest or west direction, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department.

It said hazy condition is forecast for Kuching, Serian, Samarahan and Sri Aman, with very little or no rain in sight.

However, rain may bring some respite to haze-choked Miri with a thunderstorm expected this afternoon.

The Air Pollutant Index (API) readings at 6pm yesterday were unhealthy for two stations, namely Miri (157) and ILP Miri (103).

Sri Aman recorded 96, while Kuching and Samarahan were 83 and 82 respectively. Other parts of the state had readings in the range of 50s to 70s.

An API reading of 0 to 50 denotes good air quality, 51 to 100 (moderate), 101 to 200 (unhealthy), 201 to 300 (very unhealthy), and 301 and above (hazardous).

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Meanwhile, according to the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) website that reports on regional haze situation, moderate to dense smoke haze were observed to emanate from clusters of hot spots in West, Central and South Kalimantan.

In particular, there was significant build-up of dense smoke over the southern parts of Kalimantan as a result of the persistent hot spots.

For the next few days, generally dry conditions are forecast for Kalimantan.

In view that the prevailing dry weather in the southern Asean region is expected to persist in the coming weeks, and the winds forecast to continue blowing from the southeast or southwest, ASMC assessed that there could be further escalation of hot spot activities and an increase in the risk of trans-boundary haze occurring.

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