Visibility plummets in Johor Baru


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Jun 2005

JOHOR BARU: The city’s rather impressive skyline was less visible yesterday, no thanks to haze and low clouds in the southern part of the peninsula, according to the Meteorological Services Department. 

The low visibility was a reminder of the recurring haze problem and yesterday’s daytime visibility was only seven kilometres. 

Even at 12.30pm when it is usually bright, visibility recorded by the department was six kilometres. 

A photograph taken by The Star’s Kenneth Wong from the rooftop of the Grand Blue Wave Hotel overlooking the Causeway is testimony to how hazy the condition was yesterday. 

An officer with the Department of Environment who visited Tanjung Piai in Pontian said visibility in the area yesterday morning was only about 100m. 

An officer with the Meteorological Services Department headquarters said the condition was due to the south-west wind blowing from Sumatra, which currently has 15 hotspots. 

“The low clouds also caused areas in the southern peninsula to be cloudy,” the officer added. 

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