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Uncommon for Singapore to experience haze now: Mikinori Kuwata

31 Mar 2016

The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) has been inching up over the past few days. Yesterday's three-hour reading was the highest in almost five months. According to the Nationa Environment Agency (NEA), the deterioration of air quality could be due to a combination of an increase in hotspots in nothern Southeast Asia, local vegetation fires, and wind convergence.

In an interview with Mediacorp, Assistant Professor Mikinori Kuwata said that the wind is coming from the direction of Philippines or Borneo, and that "smells coming from fires in these areas are transported to Singapore." He further added that haze is Singapore is usually caused by burning peatland in Sumatra or Kalimantan. Taking into consideration the change in wind direction, which typically occurs in May or June, Asst. Prof. Kuwata said, "I don't think it's very common for Singapore to experience haze in this season."

Watch the interview here.

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