In an email to STOMP today (Aug 7), the STOMPer says:
“I took this picture in the West area at my workplace yesterday evening.
“The sun turned red under the effects of the haze.”
The haze is back, fuelled by fires in Sumatra.
Smoke could be seen in large parts of the Island from the Central Business District to Sengkang causing the 24-hour pollution standards index (PSI) to peak at 60 yesterday (Aug 6).
Though still in the moderate range, yesterday’s PSI was the highest recorded in Singapore in almost two years, with visibility in the morning ranging from 3km to 6km, and in the afternoon ranging from 5km to 7km.
According to experts, the haze is likely to linger over Singapore for a while, due to the prevailing south-west monsoon season conditions, which typically lasts till late October.
The National Environment Agency said that if the air quality is in the good and moderate range – that is, a PSI reading of 100 or less – there is no need for the public to take any special precautions.
However, doctors warned that people with respiratory conditions could find their symptoms worsening. Asthmatics could be hit especially hard because of the H1N1 epidemic.