The Department Of Environment (DOE) website at 4pm today showed Air Pollutant Index (API) readings of 53 in Perai, 59 in Seberang Jaya and 58 at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on the island.
However, Welfare, Caring Society, Health and Environment state exco Phee Boon Poh was doubtful that the situation would last.
The sun shines clear and bright over the Penang ferry terminal George Town today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Dalbinder Singh Gill, August 30, 2015
"It's the source of the problem that has to be tackled as peat fires are unpredictable. We need to be on the alert, at least until the northeast monsoon begins in November," he told The Malaysian Insider
The northeast monsoon brings heavy rainfall from November to March, particularly to the east coast states of peninsular Malaysia and western Sarawak,
On Wednesday, DOE director-general Datuk Halimah Hassan had said that 192 forest fire hotspots were detected in Sumatera, Indonesia, due to the ongoing El Nino phenomenon which is at its worst cycle in 65 years.
The hot weather with wind and rainstorms is expected to continue until March next year.
Penangites woke up to a hazy Wednesday morning as API readings rose to unhealthy levels of 83 in Perai, 92 in Seberang Jaya and 98 at USM.
The reading 0-50 is considered good; 51-100, moderate; 101-200, unhealthy; 201-300, very unhealthy; and 301 and above, hazardous. – August 30, 2015