Updated: 05/31/2014 01:04

Drier weather expected in June, Inter-Agency Haze Task Force activated



Drier weather expected in June, Inter-Agency Haze Task Force activated

With the onset of drier weather expected from the second week of June - the Inter-Agency Haze Task Force has been activated in Singapore. 

And it is co-ordinating their respective action plans in preparation for haze. 

Announcing this today, the National Environment Agency says it is in anticipation of weak to moderate El Niño conditions developing in the next few months - and bringing with it drier and warmer conditions to Singapore and the region. 

Rainfall for Singapore between June and September could range between 10 to 40 per cent below average, while the average daily temperature is expected to be about 1°C above average. 

NEA says prolonged drier and warmer conditions will increase the risk of the occurrence of transboundary smoke haze from land and forest fires in the region. 

And as reservoir stock levels will be impacted, PUB will ramp up its production of NEWater and desalinated water to maintain reservoir stock and ensure water availability. 

PUB has also urged the community and businesses to continue to conserve water. 

NEA says forecasts and advisories put out will take into account the new PSI system, as well as the revised Health Ministry's health advisories and Manpower Ministry's workplace guidelines.

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