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Air Quality in Selangor Worsens, These 9 States Will Experience Heatwave Until March 20



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If you’re frequently around these places in Selangor and Pahang, you’d notice that the air has become a little hazier than usual. This is because Rompin and Banting have reached an unhealthy level on the Air Pollutant Index (API) of the Department of Environment, reported NST.

It was revealed that the reading at the Rompin API station showed that the index has reached 171 on the scale. Meanwhile, the API reading at Banting has reached 102. Oh dear! 

On the other hand, 62 API stations all over Malaysia have recorded a moderate reading and only two stations had a good API reading. Having said that, the stations have not recorded a hazardous reading as of yet. Thank goodness!

For illustration purposes | Source: The Star

The range of API readings are as follow:

  • 0-50: Good
  • 51-100: Moderate
  • 100-200: Unhealthy
  • 200-300: Very unhealthy
  • 300 and above: Hazardous

Besides that, METMalaysia (Malaysian Meteorological Department) updated that several districts in nine states are experiencing Level 1 heatwave but Pendang, Kedah is at Level 2 with “temperatures between 35 and 37 degrees Celsius”. The nine states which are experiencing Level 1 heatwave are stated below:

  • Perlis: Chuping
  • Kedah: Kota Setar, Sik, Baling and Kulim
  • Perak: Hulu Perak, Kuala Kangsar, Kinta and Batang Padang
  • Pahang: Jerantut, Raub, Temerloh, Maran and Bentong
  • Selangor: Sepang and Petaling
  • Negeri Sembilan: Port Dickson
  • Melaka: Melaka Tengah
  • Johor: Tangkak
  • Wilayah Persekutuan: Kuala Lumpur

This heatwave is expected to go on for three days. Meanwhile, Sabah and Sarawak are experiencing less than 35 degrees of temperature every day.

For illustration purposes | Source: The Malaysian Times

Having said that, don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated during the haze and heatwave. Do keep in mind to drink lots of water and try to stay indoors as much as possible.


Also read: MOH Shares 7 Ways to Deal With the Heatwave That’s Expected to Last Until April 2019


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