Cause of Burning Smell in the Last 2 Days in the East of S’pore is Still Unknown

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The 2013 Southeast Asian haze was responsible for causing record-high levels of air pollution in many countries around the region.

Needless to say, Singapore was also badly affected back then.

If you’re residing on the east side of Singapore, a recent incident may have caused you to have momentary flashbacks of that infamous haze.

Over the past two days, if you’ve smelled a chaoda smell, you’re not alone.

“It’s only January, maybe the forest fires in Indonesia decided to burn earlier this year?”

Well, the cause of the burning smell is apparently still…unknown. At least for now.

Burning Smell in the Last Two Days

It was reported that several parts of the east side had a burning smell in the last two days.

These include places like:

  • East Coast
  • Bedok
  • Loyang
  • Tampines

On Wednesday (12 Jan), the National Environment Agency has released a statement, saying that they have received feedback on the “burning smells'”.

It was stated that the “burning smells” over the past two days are not associated with any local industrial incidents or hotspots in the region.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force stepped forth to clarify that it did not respond to any of such incidents in the eastern part of Singapore.

Air Quality in the Past Two Days

Even though the “burning smell” was strong enough to be collectively detected by numerous Easties, the air quality was still acceptable.

The 1-hour PM2.5 concentration readings have been sustained within the normal band (Band 1). On top of that, the 24-hour PSI levels are between the ‘Good’ to ‘Moderate’ range.

NEA said that it will continue the situation despite not receiving any further reports after Wednesday.

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Hot Spots and Smoke Haze May Develop in the Next Few Months

On 9 Dec last year, the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre released a statement.

It was reported that fire hot spots and smoke haze may arise in the next few months. This may happen during extended periods of dry and warm weather.


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Sadly, above-average rainfall expected in most of the Asean region will not be helping much.

In case you didn’t know, the traditional dry season in the northern part of the region has begun.

Time to bid our cozy cuddle weather adieu folks.

Oh and to add on, the dry season is slated to last all the way till May.

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