Singapore recorded highest temperature in 10 years on Wednesday at 36.7 deg C: NEA

Chew Hui Min, The Straits Times AsiaOne 16 Apr 16;

SINGAPORE - A searing 36.7 deg C was recorded in Seletar on Wednesday (April 13), the hottest temperature seen in Singapore in 10 years.

Singapore experienced significantly warmer conditions in the first two weeks of April, when the highest daily maximum temperature ranged between 34.1 and 36.7 deg C.

The latter was recorded at Seletar, and is the highest daily maximum temperature recorded so far this year and also the highest in the last ten years, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Friday in a press release.

As of April 14, the mean monthly temperature for the month was 29.4 deg C, which is 1.4 deg C warmer than is usual for April.

The unusually warm conditions are expected to persist for the rest of April, even as inter-monsoon conditions have set in and are forecast to persist for the rest of April and into May. Light and variable winds are typically seen in this period.

While more rain is expected, the daily maximum temperature could reach a high of up to 36 deg C on a few days, NEA said.

On most days, it may range from 33 to 35 deg C.

Short thundery showers are expected in the afternoon on five to seven days.

Pre-dawn rain and "gusty winds" caused by a Sumatra squall may visit on one or two days, NEA said.

The rainfall for April is expected to be near average, after two months of dry weather.

In the first half of April, rainfall was below average. The highest rainfall of 126mm was recorded around Jurong. Rainfall was lowest around Admiralty, where 20mm - 82 per cent below average - was recorded.

Additional reporting by Melissa Lin

Temperatures expected to hit up to 36°C over next 2 weeks: MSS
This is despite it being the inter-monsoon period, when "short-duration thundery showers" are expected, says the Meteorological Service Singapore.
Channel NewsAsia 15 Apr 16;

SINGAPORE: Warm days can be expected in the second half of April, with temperatures ranging from 33°C to as high as 36°C.

In an advisory issued on Friday (Apr 15), the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said this is even with the forecast of "short-duration thundery showers", which are expected to occur mostly in the afternoons on five to seven days.

MSS said Singapore is currently experiencing inter-monsoon conditions, which are characterised by "low level winds that are light and variable in direction".

It said that in the first two weeks of April, Singapore experienced "significantly warmer conditions" where the highest daily maximum temperature ranged between 34.1°C and 36.7°C.

"There were rain showers on many days during this period, (but it) brought only brief relief to the warm conditions," it added.

MSS also said that the temperature of 36.7°C was recorded in Seletar on Wednesday - the highest daily maximum temperature recorded so far this year and the highest in the last 10 years.

- CNA/hs


The next two weeks will see thundery showers and hot days: Met Service
Today Online 15 Apr 16;

SINGAPORE – The weather in the next two weeks is likely to be wet and hot, according to the Meteorological Service in a statement on Friday (April 15).

There will be “short-duration thundery showers mostly in the afternoons” on five to seven days and thundery showers with gusty winds in the pre-dawn hours and morning on one or two days. Rainfall for April is expected to be near average.

The daily maximum temperatures will range between 33°C and 35°C, and could reach a high of up to 36°C on a few days.

Warmer conditions are common during the inter-monsoon period when there is strong solar heating and the winds are generally light, said the weatherman.

The Met Service also said that Singapore experienced its warmest day in 10 years on Wednesday when the mercury hit 36.7°C in Seletar.

As of 14 April 2016, the mean monthly temperature for April 2016 was 29.4°C, 1.4°C warmer than the long-term mean for April.

In the first half of April 2016, rainfall was below average. The highest rainfall of 126mm (near average) was recorded around Jurong. Rainfall was lowest over the northern part of Singapore around Admiralty, where 20mm (82 per cent below average) was recorded.

The highest total daily rainfall recorded was 111mm around the Upper Pierce Reservoir area on April 3.

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