Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hazy Kuala Lumpur

We are seeing hazy skies again in Kuala Lumpur. The rain this afternoon did not help much. Through the shroud of haze, this is how the Petronas Twin Towers looked like (picture borrowed from The Star).

It is that time of the year again in which temperatures are high, matched by high humidity. Malaysians can expect hotter and drier days till September as an El Nino phenomenon is forming.

Open burning adds to the problem with 125 hot spots spotted in the country since May 25 to June 7 though some are not man-made but due to peat fires and landfill fires. To worsen the situation, there are 996 hot spots in Sumatra and 108 in Kalimantan and if it gets worse, air quality in this region may be affected. I am thinking rain right now, lots of it.


  1. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Horrible that the haze's returning. And people are still going about doing their open burning business.

  2. From my experience, the haze will block sunlight, and could slightly lower the temperature.

  3. Mei Teng, fumigation is also adding to the haze. The other day, I was sitting in the car waiting for someone and vroooommmmm... all of a sudden, my car was engulfed in fumes. *cough* *cough*

    Khengsiong, it also causes a pressure-cooker effect making the air more humid though I enjoy seeing shadows on the ground with an orangy background instead of the usual bright yellow sunlight.

  4. That looks terrible. Now I know why people complain about it.

  5. It's not that bad yet. Wait till you hear complaints about smoke smell in the air. It won't be long now if the fires continue.

  6. I hope it will rain soon. I don't like the haze! If it's mist like in Genting Highlands, that's a different story! : )

  7. It's surprisingly clear in the south. :O

    Oh well I'm thankful that is the case....

  8. Anonymous11:17 AM

    The haze today is horrible...and its only June! When is there going to be a regional solution to this problem? Its very unhealthy to breath this air!!!

  9. Foong, I wonder if the haze is also affecting Genting Highlands. Let's go uphill to find out?

    Jim, lucky south. No land-clearing in that part of Sumatra perhaps. No wonder Singapore is all clear still.

    Hi Anonymous, unhealthy it is. Are you in the Klang Valley too? Unfortunately, part of the haze is caused by peat fires and ground level ozone. Let's hope for a heavy downpour to clear the air and put out the hotspots. Thanks for your thoughts. Looking forward to seeing you around on a regular basis.

    Regional solution? It's anyone's guess. The powers that be have been at it for years!