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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has urged the nation to be psychologically prepared for a prolonged period of haze due to the dry season and monsoon winds.
His comments came despite the slightly clearer skies on Sunday, with the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hovering in the moderate range for most of the afternoon.
“Today with the masks and the blue skies we (can) relax a bit. Tomorrow it may come back again… because the burning is continuing, there is no rain, it’s dry weather, the winds are blowing from Sumatra to Singapore.
“We must psychologically be prepared to see this come, go, get a bit worse, get a bit better but I think this is a problem which is going to last a few weeks, maybe a couple of months until the end of the rainy season which may be September/October.”
The prime minister also added that Singapore is very serious about the haze problem and that Indonesia understands this.