Temperatures could reach 35°C in next fortnight: Met Service

Channel NewsAsia 17 Oct 16;

SINGAPORE: Warm weather conditions are expected in Singapore in the next fortnight, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) on Monday (Oct 17). In a media advisory, it said the maximum daily temperature on most days is forecast to be around 33°C or 34°C, and on a few days could reach a high of around 35°C.

MSS said that during the second fortnight of October, short-duration thundery showers can be expected on four to six days, mostly in the late morning and early afternoon. In addition, widespread thundery showers with occasional gusty winds are forecast on two or three days between the pre-dawn hours and morning.

It noted that the prevailing southwest monsoon is expected to weaken towards the end of October as the region enters the inter-monsoon period. It noted that warmer conditions are common during the inter-monsoon season, when there is strong solar heating and the winds are generally light.

MSS also said that Singapore saw a few warm days in the first two weeks of October. The highest daily maximum temperature recorded at the Changi climate station was 34.6°C on Oct 11. As of Oct 16, the mean monthly temperature for October was 28.8°C, 1.2°C warmer than the long-term mean for October.

During the first fortnight of October, rainfall was below average in the northwestern half of Singapore, and above average in the southeastern half of the island. The highest rainfall of 139.2mm was recorded around the Tanjong Katong area. Rainfall was lowest in the western part of the island around the Choa Chu Kang area, where 65.8mm was recorded, said MSS.

- CNA/ms

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