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The open burning at a landfill near Lim Chong Eu Expressway contributes to increase in the API readings in Penang. Pix by Zulaikha Zainuzman

GEORGE TOWN: Haze has made its seasonal comeback to Penang, with an unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) recorded at the Universiti Sains Malaysia station on the island here today.

With levels peaking slightly over 100 API, the situation is presently the worst in the country, before was Banting, Selangor at 80.

Checks showed that the island was not visible from the Penang Bridge.

As at 1pm today, the API reading on the island stood at 104, rising from a reading of 77 just an hour before.

The readings at the two stations on the mainland remained at moderate levels, with the Perai station recording a level of 58, and the Seberang Jaya 2, Perai station a reading of 74.

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