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Smog update for next weeks visit

istanbul
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Smog update for next weeks visit

Hi,

we have a holiday planned in singapore starting in a week's time on 29 june. Coming with family with 2 kids aged 10 and 12. Was wondering if things would be ok by then or shall we cancel the plan. Thanks in advance for your suggestions and current pics,

Gits

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1. Re: Smog update for next weeks visit

We are also concerned about our trip starting 29 June.

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2. Re: Smog update for next weeks visit

Whether haze will be find is heavily dependent on the wind direction.

For the past 24 hours we have been seeing S / SE winds which bring the haze further north. PSI now is slightly below 50 (clean air). All will change if the regular SW monsoon wind is back.

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3. Re: Smog update for next weeks visit

gitshp & AlanandJudy52,

We are having clear skies at the moment. PSI is back at the usual level of below 50. In fact the reading was 47 at 9 am. This is due to a shift in wind direction. Our clear skies is to the expense of our northern neighbour, Malaysia, who is reporting Air Pollution Index (API) of above 700 in Muar, a district in Johore. The news this morning also reported of closure of some schools in KL, Selangor, Pahang, Johore.

No one can predict whether the wind will continue in its present direction. Even the Singapore government has asked Singaporean to be prepared for the return of the haze as the hot and dry weather continues.

Only you can decide whether you want to proceed or otherwise. If you do proceed, please be prepared for the haze such as bringing your masks, changing your itineraries and such. Read the forum for recent threads on the haze and keep up with the news, psi and PM2.5 readings.

Other than being prepared, I do not think there is much that we can do except hope and pray for this episode to be over soon.

My 2c.

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Hi Gits,

Hope you have a nice time here! For 29 June, it really is hard to say. Other than that crazy-scary day when global coverage used words like "engulfed in smoke" and "choking on fumes", the weather has been "relatively" "clearer". The two bad days were Thurs and Fri last week when the PSI shot up to 401 at its highest. Since then we 've been in the 60s to 90s or so. Even this is not normal, actually, because anything above 50 is not that healthy.

No one is guaranteeing that the worst is over, and we've been told to prepare for a prolonged period of this, and that the haze can get much worse again. It depends on wind direction, whether or not the fires get put out, whether or not it rains at the source (artificially or naturally), and whether or not we get any rain here.

What I would suggest is that you could plan a backup iterinary that includes indoor activities, like looking at some indoor attractions, in case when you reach here there are one or two unlucky days.

You can also follow the weather and haze coverage at places like www.asiaone.com or google "singapore haze"

There's another page here that is collecting haze updates from various news sources on a regular basis: storify.com/wowcart/live-news-about-haze-upd…

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Thank you for this update. Hope everyone stays safe.

istanbul
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Thanks folks for your updates, We are considering canceling / postponing the travel. We had 4 days planned in Singapore followed by 4 in KL and 3 in penang. The situation in Malaysia is also not encouraging :-(

It will be very disappointing if we travel all the way and are not able to enjoy the outdoors, will take a call tomorrow .

Your updates do help, keep the good work up :-)

Edited: 4:10 pm, June 24, 2013
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It's kinda day-to-day (24-hour watch) at the moment, but the general sense is the smog has moved northwards in the last 72 hours, from Singapore, to Johor, then Malacca, & now KL. Weather in Penang & southern Thailand are worsening but not as choking yet.

Fits the historical evidence that even when Singapore had it bad, the air quality wouldn't linger for days on end at extreme levels (i.e. unhealthy/hazardous levels). It's fine to be outdoors when the PSI readings are in the normal (< 50) or moderate (50-100) range, although the latter conditions may see a mild haze visually (no abnormal breathing problems).

The Indonesians are doing their best. A state of emergency has been declared in Riau where the hotspots are. Cloud-seeding has reportedly produced some rain. Helicopters are doing waterbombing, which the improved Singapore weather is mainly attributed to. The latest is they were arresting local farmers who started new fires.

Fingers crossed, at least for those of us in the south.

Edited: 4:36 pm, June 24, 2013
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We also have 4 days booked on and our way to UK 26 June and will be very sad to miss it. We do have booking for our return 26 August hopefully better by the for everyone.

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9. Re: Smog update for next weeks visit

Singapore would you believe it first trip and there is smog. Any recent updates on the air quality we fly out early august.

Cheers

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10. Re: Smog update for next weeks visit

I'm sure it will be fine then, you can follow the psi and updates from various websites mentioned in the previous posts. It was our first trip as well, but had to cancel. It seems things are good now.

Hope you njoy your trip, all the best,

Gits

Edited: 5:16 am, July 07, 2013