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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21, 2015:

The air quality nationwide, which was reported to be improving since yesterday morning, is expected to see the return of the haze late this evening.

A spokesman for the Malaysian Meteorological Department, Dr Hisham Mohd Anip, said a tropical cyclone wind currently taking shape in the eastern Philippines would push the wind carrying the haze from Indonesia to Malaysia.

“If this happens, the wind changes that usually occur gradually are expected to bring back the haze late this evening.

“For sure, starting tomorrow, the air quality will begin to be affected,” he told Bernama today.

He said the haze was expected to linger for the next seven to 10 days, while the level of the Air Pollutant Index (API) was also dependent on the speed of the cyclonic winds, as well as rate of the forest burning activities in Indonesia.

According to the Department of Environment (DOE) portal, as at 5pm, Malacca city recorded a reading of 85, which is the highest in the country.

API readings of 0-50 are categorised as good, followed by 51-100 (moderate), 101-200 (unhealthy), 201-300 (very unhealthy) and 301 and above (hazardous).

The public can visit the website at http://apims.doe.gov.my/v2/ to obtain the current API readings.

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