Haze could come back to S'pore in Aug. 2019 as Sumatra fires started

Malaysia is already suffering from effects of forest fires in Indonesia.

Ashley Tan| August 02, 03:20 PM

Singapore's warm and dry spell is likely to persist in August 2019.

That's not all though.

Singaporeans could potentially be hazy again.

Rainfall

After a record dry July, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) has predicted that the warm and dry conditions are expected to intensify in August.

The weather in the first two weeks of August will likely be drier than the second half of July, due to the intrusion of dry air from high pressure systems in the southern hemisphere.

Despite the drier conditions, Singaporeans can expect short thundery showers in the late morning or early afternoon.

Sumatra squalls might bring along showers and strong winds in the morning for a few days too.

But overall, rainfall is predicted to be well below normal conditions.

There might also be the occasional breezy conditions on some days.

Temperature

The next two weeks of August have been predicted to be equally warm as the last two weeks of July as well.

Daily temperatures are expected to range between 26ºC and 33ºC, with some days exceeding 34ºC.

Nights will be pretty warm and humid as well, with minimum temperatures around 28ºC.

MSS stated that Southwest monsoon conditions, with winds blowing from the southeast or south, will prevail from the first two of weeks of August, and might last till October.

Malaysia bracing for haze, Singapore too

With surrounding regions experiencing dry weather, Singapore might experience some haze as well.

Hot spots with smoke plumes have been observed in Central Sumatra and Southern Kalimantan recently.

Depending on wind directions and the location of the fires, the haze might spread to Singapore in the first half of August as well.

Several states in Malaysia have already been suffering from the effects of the haze, which have been determined to originate from 30 to 40 hotspots in Sumatra.

The west coast of Malaysia and Western Sarawak have been affected, CNA reported on Aug. 1, 2019.

Malaysia's Department of Environment revealed that the Air Pollution Index (API) recorded unhealthy air pollution readings at two areas: Rompin in Pahang, and Johan Setia in Klang, Selangor.

Meanwhile, as of Aug. 1 afternoon, the Air Pollutant Index (API) for the country was at a moderate level, according to The New Straits Times

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