The PSI hit a high of 83, which is above the normal levels of 50 on most days. In fact, this reading is the highest for the year 2007, which saw a rather smoke free whether for a change, when it used to be hazy during the dry seasons, and when our neighbours decide to burn their forests down to clear the land.

However, it seemed rather normal to me today – there wasn’t the usual burnt smell floating around, the skies in my campus looked rather good, although a little overcast – which I thought had something to do with the rain (was there rain?), and all seemed good. Hmm… unless of course, if you are in the Toa Payoh area. Then you would probably see something like this:

ST - Hazy day

Hmm… hope this won’t get worse… =(

HAZY skies returned to Singapore on Thursday, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).

The Pollutants Standards Index (PSI) reading at 4pm was 83, in the moderate range.

The cause – ‘poor dispersion of air pollutants in the air as a result of light wind conditions’ during the current monsoon period.

The NEA said the air should clear when wind conditions improve. It’s not uncommon, it added, to experience reduced visibility from time to time during the monsoon season.

No special precautions are needed, said NEA, but it advises people with respiratory ailments who feel unwell to consult their doctors before undertaking vigorous exercise.

Article obtained from on 15th November 2007; photo by Lim Wui Liang

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