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Haze may return this week as wind direction changes

  • Haze blankets much of Klang Valley on Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily
  • The temperature was still at an uncomfortable 34 degrees as the sun began to set in the evening. Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily

PETALING JAYA, June 29 (Sin Chew Daily) -- The Meteorological Department's National Weather Center senior meteorological officer Dr Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip said the country could be shrouded in haze again over the next seven days as southwest monsoon winds pick up in force and the number of hot spots rises in neighboring Sumatra.

He said during an interview with Sin Chew Daily that the winds would come mainly from the southwesterly direction over the next seven days, and would lose much of their moisture after passing Sumatra resulting in dry and hot weather in Peninsular Malaysia this week.

Klang Valley the hardest hit

"Except the northern states in Peninsular Malaysia and west coast of Sabah and Sarawak, rainfall will drop in most other areas."

In addition to hotter and drier weather, Hisham pointed out that the rising number of hot spots in Sumatra would also bring haze to Peninsular Malaysia with the southwesterly winds.

He said Klang Valley was expected to be the hardest hit area, followed by northern Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka.

Meanwhile, the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak will also be affected by the haze brought in from Kalimantan in Indonesia by southwesterly and southerly winds

Hisham said the hot and dry weather could easily give rise to forest fires and as such there was a strong likelihood for the number of hot spots to rise.

He stressed that the current hot and dry spell would make people more vulnerable to locally generated pollutants such as vehicle and industrial emissions.

He said hot spots had also been detected in Peninsular Malaysia due to open burning and deforestation.

 

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