Wind, rain bring back the smiles

KUCHING: All 15 air-monitoring stations in Sarawak and Sabah showed good readings yesterday.

The change of wind direction bringing in air from the South China Sea since last weekend has blown away the smoke. At 10am, Labuan and Limbang had the lowest Air Pollutant Index (API) reading nationwide at just 27.

The rural Sarawak town of Kapit had the next lowest reading of 31, followed by Sri Aman with 39. In Kuching, the API was 43 and in Kota Kinabalu, 49. Visibility across both states were above 8km, bringing relief to the communities.

The wind direction change has also brought the rain. In southern Sarawak, it has rained nearly everyday since the weekend. The Malaysian Meteorological Department is forecasting isolated thunderstorms every afternoon in both states for the week ahead.

However, hotspot activities remain elevated in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre has reported. It said numerous hotspots were still detected in central and southern Sumatra, with moderate to dense haze visible in many parts of the island.

At the same time, Kalimantan continued to be shrouded in thick smoke haze. “Some of the haze has spread to the sea areas between Sumatra and Kalimantan,” the Singapore-based centre said.

Satellite imagery from Monday showed 535 hotspots were detected in Borneo.

A 24-hour wind forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency showed the direction could change again by today, bringing air from Kalimantan back into the Malaysian states.

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