Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Current situation of Haze in Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia

The Air Pollution Index (API) reading as at this morning 7am as issued by the Department of Environment shows the following:

Source: DOE

This API reading may indicate an improved air quality but the situation is not as promising as it has been reported that in just one week, the number of hots spot in Sumatra, Indonesia, has more than quadrupled from 46 to 187. The haze situation looks set to worsen with the westerly wind during this south-westerly monsoon season.

The Department of Environment website has identified Johor as the most affected by haze currently, with Pasir Gudang (148), Larkin Lama (122), and Kota Tinggi (126) all in the unhealthy bracket - a tieback to the image above.

The Air Pollutant Index rating is measured as follows: good (0-50), moderate (51-100), unhealthy (101-200), very unhealthy (201-300) and hazardous (above 300).

If you are feeling the heat, you're right as the temperature in the country is expected to rise to between 34°C and 36°C during the period with the urban areas feeling more of the heat because of buildings and the lack of surrounding greenery.

With limited visibility, planes are staying put in KLIA as the haze affects several parts of the country.

Source: The Star

In the historical city of Malacca, The Star reported two days ago that locals and tourists alike were going about their business donning masks. Low visibility also slowed down traffic to the major tourist areas in the city.

Stay safe with these health precautions to take in this weather condition as issued by the Health Ministry:


  1. Please, It is not sumatra's only fault. East Malaysia is also contributing some of the fault here. As well as Australia, Africa, China. If you look here a NASA Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) for the hotspot data source using MODIS imagery. You can see clearly the hotspots of open burning that is actually causing these serious haze around out equator.

    1. Also you can see that the west malaysia also have some open burning going on.

    2. West Malaysia gets the haze from Sumatra. Thanks for stopping by.