Wetter weather expected in second half of December

Channel NewsAsia 16 Dec 16;

SINGAPORE: Wet weather is expected to continue in the second half of December, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) in an advisory on Friday (Dec 16).

While the second half of December is expected to be wetter than the first fortnight of December 2016, overall, the rainfall for the month is forecast to be below normal, said MSS.

Short-duration thunderstorms, at times heavy, can be expected on seven to nine days, mostly between the late morning and afternoon, said MSS. On one to two days, thunderstorms accompanied by strong winds are expected between the predawn and morning, brought about by Sumatra squalls over the Strait of Malacca.

Daily maximum temperatures for the next fortnight on most days are forecast to be around 32°C or 33°C. One a few days, the daily maximum temperatures could reach a high of 34°C. On some rainy days, the daily minimum temperature could range between 22°C and 24°C.

“A FEW WARM DAYS”

The first two weeks of December had “a few warm days”, said MSS, where the daily maximum temperature was between 34°C and 35°C.

The mean daily maximum temperature recorded in the first half of December 2016 was 31.8°C, which is 1.6°C above the long-term mean for December. In addition, the mean monthly temperature recorded was 27.8°C, which is 1.4°C warmer than the long-term mean for December.

Most thunderstorms over the island from Dec 1 to 15 happened between midnight and 6am, said MSS. The heaviest daily rainfall of 45.4mm was recorded on Dec 1 around Tuas. Rainfall was also significantly below normal, said MSS, with the highest rainfall recorded around Changi and 18 per cent below average. Rainfall was lowest around Jurong where 25.2mm was recorded, 81 per cent below average.

- CNA/ek


Wet days expected over the next two weeks
Today Online 17 Dec 16;

SINGAPORE — Expect more rainy days ahead; it looks like the last two weeks of the year is going to be wetter than the first half of December.

Short-duration thundery showers can be expected on seven to nine days over the next fortnight, mostly between the late morning and afternoon, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said.

On one or two days, there could also be widespread thundery showers and gusty winds during the predawn and morning hours as the northeast monsoon continues to prevail.

The daily maximum temperature is expected to range between 32°C and 33°C on most days, but could also reach a high of 34°C. On some rainy days, the daily minimum temperature is expected to be cool and range between 22°C and 24°C.

Although December is the early phase of the North-east here, which typically brings more rain, rainfall in the first half of December was “significantly below normal”, the weatherman said.

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