Haze Situation Update (19 October 2023)

Singapore, 19 October 2023 – As at 6pm, the 1-hr PM2.5 concentration readings were 7-20 µg/m3, in Band I (Normal), and the 24-hr PSI was 37-62, in the Good to Moderate range.

Update on Hotspot and Haze Situation

2    There was rain over most parts of Singapore and the surrounding region today, bringing an improvement to the regional hotspot and haze situation. 4 hotspots were detected in southern and central Sumatra, lower than the 100 hotspots detected yesterday. No significant smoke haze was observed over southern and central Sumatra under thick cloud cover.

3    More showers are forecast for Singapore and the surrounding region over the next few days. The prevailing winds are forecast to be generally light and variable in direction. The return of wet weather is expected to keep the regional hotspot and haze situation subdued. The likelihood of transboundary haze affecting Singapore is assessed to be low. For the next 24 hours, the 24-hr PSI for Singapore is forecast to be in the Moderate range.

Activity Guidelines

4    The health impact of haze is dependent on one’s health status, the PSI level, and the length and intensity of outdoor activity. For immediate outdoor activities, please check the 1-hr PM2.5 concentration readings and personal guide. Use the 24-hr PSI forecast and corresponding health advisories for planning next day outdoor activities.

5     For updates, visit our haze microsite (www.haze.gov.sg), the NEA website (www.nea.gov.sg), MSS website (www.weather.gov.sg), mobile app (myEnv) or follow us on NEA Facebook (www.facebook.com/NEASingapore) and NEA Twitter (@NEAsg). For information on the distribution of hotspots detected over the past fortnight in the region, please refer to the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) website at http://asmc.asean.org.

Areas with lighter smoke haze are not indicated as they cannot be clearly discerned from satellite imagery.

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