METMalaysia: Haze Expected To Arrive In August Or September If Open Burning Continues

2020 no chill.

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Sorry folks, it seems that haze may be expected to return to Malaysia next month if open burning in Indonesia is not brought under control

According to Bernama, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (METMalaysia) said that haze may not occur soon.

However, if open burning continues in Indonesia, it could pose an issue for Malaysians sometime in August or September.

Haze in Malaysia last year.

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On 28 June, three provinces in Indonesia declared a state of emergency after more than 700 forest fires were detected in the country

METMalaysia director general Jailan Simon said that the hotspots were relatively lower than usual.

"Because of the wind direction and the location of the hotspots in the centre and east of the Kalimantan, Sarawak will be spared from haze, unlike in the previous years," he said, according to New Straits Times.

"However, if the bushfires are not contained, it could be detrimental to our country."

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In the meantime, METMalaysia advises the public to drink water regularly and to avoid open burning at all times

Bernama revealed that the department will continue to keep an eye on the situation to see if it improves or worsens.

The Air Pollutant Index (API) in Malaysia is currently normal and falls under the 'good' and 'moderate' categories.

Take note of the right type of mask to wear during the haze:

Last year, Malaysia was labelled the world's most polluted country because of the haze:

It was so bad that it was one of the most searched topics on Google:

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