Situation Update (17 Feb 2019 0955 UTC) – Hazy conditions persisted over the Mekong sub-region, with showers observed over some areas.
Regional Haze Situation
Latest Weather and Haze Situation
It was generally dry over the Mekong sub-region with isolated showers over some areas today. Widespread smoke haze continued to be observed over Cambodia, Lao PDR and Thailand, with denser smoke haze observed in parts of Cambodia and southern Lao PDR. Smoke haze was observed to be blown by the prevailing southwest winds to affect central Viet Nam. Isolated hotspots with smoke haze were also observed in Myanmar. In contrast, it was wet over the southern ASEAN region.
Weather and Haze Outlook
The prevailing dry weather and hazy conditions in the Mekong sub-region is forecast to persist. There could still be some showers over parts of the region in the next few days. With prevailing winds over the Mekong sub-region forecast to continue blowing from the southeast or southwest, there may be a build-up of the smoke haze over the northern parts of the region. For the southern ASEAN region, wet conditions are expected, with the prevailing winds blowing mainly from the northeast or northwest.
- The hotspots depicted in the map are derived from the NOAA satellite and they represent locations with possible active fires. Hotspots may go undetected due to cloudy conditions or incomplete satellite pass.
- The 2500 ft winds (depicted by arrows) are model analysis winds.