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Dry weather, cloudless skies hinder cloud seeding

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 (Bernama) -- Cloud seeding to reduce the haze in the country, particularly around the federal capital, cannot be conducted at present due to the dry weather and cloudless skies.

Meteorological Department (Weather and Climate) deputy director general Alui Bahari said even though the haze was getting worse, cloud seeding could only be conducted if there were suitable clouds to be used.

"Currently the dry spell is due to the southwest monsoon which carries hot air, so it is difficult for cloud formation to occur and for the cloud seeding to be successful," he told Bernama here today.

Nevertheless, he said the department would monitor the situation from time to time so as to determine the best time to conduct cloud seeding activities.

According to the Air Pollutant Index (API) reading in the Department of Environment (DOE) portal as at 4 pm today, five areas recorded unhealthy API with Banting having the highest reading of 126.

Four other areas, Nilai recorded an API reading of 106, Port Klang (108), Batu Muda (125) and Putrajaya (112).


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