Schools reopen amid moderate haze levels

Azlan Othman

Students were seen wearing face masks on the first day of the new school term yesterday, while teachers were advised to suspend all outdoor and physical activities amid the current hazy conditions.

As of 4pm yesterday, the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) recorded moderate readings of 68 in the Brunei-Muara District, 78 in the Belait District and 68 in the Tutong District, along with a good reading of 24 in the Temburong District.

According to the Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department (BDMD), the country is currently in the southwest monsoon, which is expected to continue until the end of September, with winds generally blowing in from the Southwest.

“No cyclone system formation or tropical storms have been detected in our region at this time,” said the BDMD in its press statement.

Meanwhile, persistent dry weather conditions are prevalent in most of the southern ASEAN region with a cluster of hotspots detected in the region. Most of the haze smoke continues to blow in the Southwest wind towards our country causing cross-border haze.

Hazy conditions in the capital yesterday afternoon. PHOTO: AZLAN OTHMAN

However, according to the numerical weather forecast model, wind gusts in Brunei Darussalam are likely to change temporarily to the Northeast or East, by the end of this week.

The Brunei International Airport’s Weather Observation Station recorded a horizontal distance of one to four kilometres (compared to a horizontal distance of more than 10km in good weather) over the past 24 hours, due to hazy conditions.

The hazy weather conditions are expected to persist and are likely to decline temporarily beginning this weekend, due to temporary changes in wind direction.

The public is also encouraged to be aware of current weather conditions and to take precautions during hazy periods.

To keep updated on the latest weather information, visit the BDMD website at www.met.gov.bn, @bruneiweather on social media or by downloading the Brunei WX app.

The public can also contact the Meteorological Forecasting Officer at the Weather Forecast Office, via Weather hotline 114.