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    Sep 04, 2015

    Haze could persist today, says NEA

    OCCASIONAL hazy conditions over Singapore are expected today, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said yesterday.

    At 9pm yesterday, the 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) was between 82 and 94. A reading between 51 and 100 is in the moderate range, while that between 101 and 200 is in the unhealthy range. Health advisories are based on the 24-hour reading.

    The 24-hour PSI for the next 24 hours is expected to fluctuate between the high end of moderate and low end of the unhealthy range, NEA said last night.

    For the next few days, the hot-spot and haze situations are not likely to change significantly under the dry weather conditions, unless wind speeds pick up.

    NEA chief executive officer Ronnie Tay wrote to his Indonesian counterpart on Tuesday to register Singapore's concerns over the situation.

    He has also reiterated the Republic's offer to help combat the haze problem.

    A total of 111 hot spots were detected in Sumatra yesterday, down from 395 on Wednesday.

    Based on the air quality forecast for the next 24 hours, the elderly, pregnant women and children should minimise prolonged or strenuous outdoor physical exertion. Those with chronic lung or heart disease should avoid such activities.