The haze is back in Singapore, once against transforming our sunny, cheerful island into Genting Highlands. The smell of BBQ fills the air, and many of our friends and loved ones have started coughing and experiencing sore throat.
Here are the 5 apps and websites you need to survive this haze, because according to official sources, it will get worst before it gets better.
This is the number one, official source of all information related to the haze.
Here, you can find the latest press release from our National Environment Agency (NEA) regarding the haze situation, the latest advisory, as well as detailed breakdown of 24-hours and 3-hours readings of the haze situation around Singapore.
Realistic PSI Readings is an attempt to figure out a realistic, out-of-the-window PSI reading every hour.
The site proclaims, “NEA’s PSI reading is based on a 3-hour average. While it is a good measure of exposure, it tends to dampen the impact of sharp drops or increase in PSI readings in an hour. We applied mathematics voodoo on NEA’s 3-hour average to reverse engineer the hourly PSI reading which can be more realistic.”
Power to the people! YAHI is a novel attempt that lets anyone contributes in mapping an air quality map across Singapore using low cost dust measurement devices.
In the author’s own words, “If it’s successful, it will make it possible to see where the haze is and how its moving and therefore expand the usefulness of the NEA’s published data in making decisions about outdoor activity during hazy periods. If it’s not successful, it will at least produce maps of Singapore covered in coloured circles.”
With haze in full swing, you are recommended to stay indoors as much as possible. If you take public transport, that means you should avoid waiting time at the bus stops. SG BusLeh is the only bus app I found that provides up to 3 bus arrival timing, and even tell you where the next bus is. With this, you can hide in your office or home and head out to the bus stop only when you really need to.
SG BusLeh even has a cool easter egg feature that shows you the current PSI level!
If you can afford it, GrabTaxi and hide from the haze. Enough said.