KOTA KINABALU: The prolonged dry spell and open burnings have brought the haze back to Sabah.
However, the Meteorological Services department expects it to clear by the end of the month.
Department director Tan Chen Kok said the haze should clear when the inter-monsoon season sets in by the last week of this month.
He said the lack of wind during the current dry season that began in mid-February was not helping to clear the localised haze situation, with dust particles and pollutants from bush fires and open burning hanging in the air.
However, he added, the haze this time around was milder than last years when visibility was reduced to about 4km to 5km in some parts of the states west coast.
Tan said the departments stations here and in Kudat recorded a visibility of 22km, while the Labuan station reported a 28km visibility at 10.45am yesterday.
However, the visibility in Sandakan was 5km while in Tawau, it was 7km.
State Department of Environment director Halimah Hassan said action was being taken to control the haze situation.
We have increased efforts to put out accidental fires and have stepped up enforcement over open burning, she said.
Halimah urged the people to refrain from open burning and to be extra careful in preventing accidental fires during the dry spell.