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Air quality will likely remain at moderate levels in the next few days. -- NSTP/RAMDZAN MASIAM
Air quality will likely remain at moderate levels in the next few days. -- NSTP/RAMDZAN MASIAM

KUALA LUMPUR: Scattered showers which fell in the federal capital and other states today brought temporary relief from the haze.

However, the air quality will likely remain at moderate levels in the next few days.

This follows the existence of 31 haze hotspots in several areas in Indonesia.

Meteorological Department director-general Jailan Simon said winds blowing from the southwest direction are expected to bring thick smog generated from forest fires in Indonesia to Malaysia.

“Stable atmospheric condition and dry weather is expected to continue. Based on wind patterns, the haze situation in the peninsular is expected to continue if the hotspots (in Indonesia) continue to persist,” he said in a statement.

He said the haze situation is merely a temporary situation and the department will continue to monitor it nationwide.

Meanwhile, the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) detected a total of 23 hotspots in Kalimantan, Indonesia as of 7.50pm on Friday.

The Singapore-based centre also detected two hotspots in Kota Belud and Kudat, Sabah.

Checks with the Department of Environment showed a total of 67 Air Pollution Index (API) stations around the country registering moderate air quality readings of between 54 and 97 as of 5pm today.

Only the API station in Tawau, Sabah recorded good air quality readings of 36.

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