Clear skies and everything is nice in Kedah and Perlis

ALOR SETAR: While thick haze is enveloping nearly most states in Malaysia, the Air Pollutant Index (API) was a mere 27 in Alor Setar and 21 in Kangar.

It was even cool and cloudy in town here yesterday.

“It’s wonderful today. I can see Pulau Payar, Langkawi, Kuala Perlis and all the way to Thailand from up here, ” said Menara Alor Setar assistant maintenance manager Annuar Abdullah yesterday.

Another Kedahan living in Putrajaya said he has had it with the haze and will send his wife and month-old daughter back home.

“I told my wife to bring our daughter back to her parents’ home in Kuala Nerang to complete her maternity leave.

“This haze is not good for our baby and her. I will probably take a few days off too, ” said Zali Mat Desa, 40, a senior government servant living in Presint Diplomatik, Putrajaya, which recorded an API of 182 yesterday.

Data from Singapore’s Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre showed that Kedah and Perlis were getting a steady wind from the west, thus keeping the southern smoke from Sumatra’s forest fires away from these states.

Penang also enjoyed the westerly wind last weekend, but the haze came back yesterday and got worse by the hour.

According to the Meteorological Department’s long-term weather forecast from September to next February, the Southwest Monsoon is expected to run its course by mid-September and by October, the inter-monsoon season will begin with winds coming in unpredictable directions.

The Northeast Monsoon will arrive as usual by November.

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