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Smoke-laced smog envelops Phuket

By The Thaiger

 

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MAIN PHOTO: Phuket International Airport – Phuket People’s Voice

 

Phuket awakes today enveloped by an eerie sea of smoke-laced mist and smog – a combination of light winds, smoke blowing up the Malacca Strait from the Indonesian plantation fires and low seasonal cloud. The conditions have reduced visibility generally around the island to less than a kilometre.

 

Planes have still been landing at Phuket International Airport without disruption but airport officials say they are monitoring the situation and getting feedback from pilots.

 

Officially, the Thai Meteorological Department forecast is for a cloudy day with rain, and its hoped that the monsoonal winds may kick in during the day. But the prevailing winds are also the direction from where the problem is happening, from the south and south-west.

 

Cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rain in Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang. Minimum temperature 23-25 °C.

Maximum temperature 29-33 °C. Southwesterly winds 20-35 km/hr. Wave height about 2 meters and above 2 meters in thundershower areas.

 

Singapore ran its showcase annual street-circuit Grand Prix last night amid the regional smoke crisis, caused by intentionally lit fires on the Indonesian

islands, mostly Sumatra and Kalimantan. Indonesia President Jokowi has sent officials, army and fire-fighters to the areas to battle the blazes, arrest the farmers and representatives from the companies responsible. Some 30,000 people are now deployed to solve the urgent, but seasonal, problem.

 

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Singapore GP Circuit last night – Reuters

 

Meanwhile the air quality readings for Phuket this morning indicate the air pollution is three times the world upper-limit standard of 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air. Southern Thailand is also suffering the poor air quality with Narithawat also recoding readings over 150 this morning.

 

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Phuket enveloped by misty smog causing a traffic hazard and reducing visibility – Ajarn GC

 

Source: https://thethaiger.com/hot-news/weather/smoke-laced-smog-envelops-phuket

 

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Yes it was extremely bad earlier this morning. Easing up now. News reported 155 reading. 3 times more than healthy limit. 

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At 6am this morning could smell it 

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I dont think it is all indos fault. I believe lots of the palm oil plantations are owned by sime darby, from malaysia.

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3 hours ago, LivinginKata said:

Yes it was extremely bad earlier this morning. Easing up now. News reported 155 reading. 3 times more than healthy limit. 

155 is normal for Chiang Mai so welcome.

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56 minutes ago, Sujo said:

I dont think it is all indos fault. I believe lots of the palm oil plantations are owned by sime darby, from malaysia.

Don't put blame on others.  If a outsider starts a fire in your home, you are not going to take that outsider to task and put a stop to it?  And this has been going on for decades.  Corruption at the highest level.

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it should be a task for ASEAN to attempt to fix as the selfishness of farmers and corporations in one country affects several countries in the region.

 

 

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Where do these thai met get there weather info.

it hasnt blown south west for 4 days here in phuket. Its been north west mostly here at ground level in morning and eve Or no wind at all like yesterday and previouse days. Infact its blowing 15 to 20 knots east north east since this morning  and will continue to be this way for another week. Says wind guru and buoy weather my go to fast look weather information.

I am baffled at the consistently poor weather advice we usually get here and a few days late too.

I guess it sums up everything else happening in the country. Just totally opposit of reality.

 

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they can use the propellors of the new 8 attack helicopters and sent it back where it came from

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Phuket's AQI is in the green this morning.  Rated at 30 - Good.

 

The areas where the fires are, Sumatra and Borneo, have reasonable levels now. Perhaps the fires are out?

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On 9/23/2019 at 4:12 AM, legend49 said:

155 is normal for Chiang Mai so welcome.

and yet why would you live there? 🙂

 

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