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Rain will clear the haze, says Phuket official

Rain will clear the haze, says Phuket official

PHUKET: As local Phuket officials continue their campaign to assure island residents and tourists that the air quality in Phuket is fine, Wiroj Lewchareonsap, Director of the Southern Western Meteorological Center based at Phuket airport, has come forward to say that the air “will get better” as the rains start to return.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 20 April 2023, 10:33AM

Mr Wiroj admitted that the AQI (air quality index) “was higher”, but noted that it was “expected to return to normal soon”, said an official report posted on Tuesday night (Apr 18).

According to Mr Wiroj, the Pollution Control Department readings marked that the air quality was still in the range of “normal criteria”.

“Although in the past some areas of Phuket have been covered with smog, resulting in hot weather and haze during the day,” he said.

“The dust value is in the ‘medium quality criteria’, in the yellow scale. This is caused by the weather in the transition period from the dry season to the rainy season, causing a dry hazy appearance,” he said, repeating teh government’s explanation without offering any further details.

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“After this, the weather in Phuket will be better accordingly. It can be clearly seen at this stage that the appearance of rain clouds has already occurred in many areas. And after this there will be more rain cloud formation every day. Although the amount of distribution is not much but enough to start to rain which will make the dust less,” he said.

“The southern part of the west coast, including Phuket, will start to enter its rainy season around mid-May. But after April 20, it will start to rain in some areas and there will be quite a lot of rain,” Mr Wiroj continued.

“From May 15 on, the amount of rain will reach normal standards. In two to three days the weather conditions and the smog situation in the Phuket area will get better respectively,” he said.

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Jor12 | 21 April 2023 - 03:46:51

Ran way from mobilisation? At least he died warm instead of being blown up in a rain/snow covered trench.

Hermann1 | 20 April 2023 - 16:25:14

Of course would rain clean the air. Not exactly rocket science. 

SEC2 | 20 April 2023 - 16:04:53

the air “will get better” as the rains start to return.

How much does this guy get paid to say this?  

Rain = Clean Air.   Meteorology 101

christysweet | 20 April 2023 - 14:18:13

 My  pony-ometer  shows slight heaves,  mild coughs and slight  whistling on the intake =  poor   air quality last two weeks. 

Pascale | 20 April 2023 - 13:32:58

@Kakka2  According to IQ-Air the reading at midday was 73 with a pm 2.5 reading of 21 ! That is not considered unhealthy ! It's called moderate !

Fascinated | 20 April 2023 - 12:41:45

I thought the gov said there was no haze? Mut be those naughty Pixies at work again.

Kakka2 | 20 April 2023 - 12:41:32

according to the Air real time pollution index today Phuket scale from 87 to 126 which is considered Unhealthy for sensitive people.. so yeah perhaps is fine for K  Wiroj but anyone with health issue probably not.... 


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