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Singapore records worst pollution reading in 10 years

PSI at 9 pm hit 150, the worst for a 24-hour period since 1997 when the index reached 138.

Singapore recorded its highest pollution reading in nearly a decade as fires in Indonesia sent acrid smoke across Southeast Asia.

At 9 pm today, the air pollution index hit 150, the National Environment Agency said on its Web site (www.nea.gov.sg). A reading above 100 is rated unhealthy.

A spokeswoman for NEA told Reuters that the 24-hour PSI reading was the worst since 1997, when the index reached 138.

NEA said the air quality in Singapore was expected to stay in the unhealthy range today, as prevailing winds continued to bring in smoke haze from over 506 hotspots burning in Sumatra.

It advised people with heart or respiratory ailments to reduce physical exertion and outdoor activities, and the general population to also minimise vigorous outdoor activity.

The agency said latest satellite pictures showed that there were 506 hotspots and thick smoke haze in Sumatra, mainly in Riau, Jambi and South Sumatra.

"The prevailing southerly to southwesterly winds are expected to continue for the rest of the day. Mainly fair weather is expected in Singapore today with late morning/early afternoon showers expected on Sunday and Monday," said the NEA.

3-hr PSI Readings ( 7 Oct 2006 )
Time
7
am
8
am
9
am
10
am
11
am
12
pm
1
pm
2
pm
3
pm
4
pm
5
pm
6
pm
7
pm
8
pm
9
pm
10
pm
3-hr PSI
89
101
119
130
128
115
102
91
83
80
86
98
126
143
150
145

Hourly updates of 3-hr PSI readings are provided from 7 am to 12 am.

 
 
 
   
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