Bukit Timah Almost Kena Flash Flood Yesterday Due To Torrential Rain

After months of dealing with the hot, humid weather and sweating buckets every time we step out of our houses, I’m sure that most of us are gladly welcoming the heavy rain and cooling weather.

However, the rain does cause its fair share of problems in Singapore, including the occurrence of flash floods.

Bukit Timah Almost Kena Flash Flood Yesterday Due To Torrential Rain

Now, it’s not like flash floods are very rare or uncommon in Singapore. They happen from time to time, especially in the more flood-prone areas.

But, since July and August were rather warm, it has been a while since we’ve had flash floods or gotten any flash flood warnings.

Until yesterday.

Many parts of Singapore experienced heavy rain yesterday, 12 September, and PUB even issued a flash flood warning around 12.30 pm.

People were warned against visiting Dunearn Road (from Yarwood Ave to Binjai Park) as it had a high risk of flash floods.

Image: Facebook (PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency)

This is because the water levels in drains and canals in that area reached 90 per cent of their capacity, and only subsided around an hour after the warning was issued.

The water level at the canal next to Dunearn Road in Bukit Timah was completely filled to the brim, and it could have flooded the roads if the heavy rain had not stopped.

Here are some pictures of what the situation looked like:

Image: Facebook (All Singapore Stuff)
Image: Facebook (All Singapore Stuff)

Not The Only Area

Bukit Timah was not the only neighbourhood that experienced unexpected flooding yesterday.

The outdoor dining area of a coffee shop at Block 496 in Jurong was also flooded with rainwater in the afternoon.

Image: Facebook (Xie Yao Quan 谢曜全)

Weather Forecast For September

The Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said on 1 Sept 2020 that Singapore would face thundery showers and humid weather in the first half of September.

For the first two weeks of the month, the daily temperature was forecast to range between 25 and 33 degrees Celsius, with daily highs of around 34 degrees Celsius on a few days.

In the second fortnight, most parts of Singapore are forecast to experience above-average total rainfall.

This is because of the monsoon rain band lying close to the equatorial Southeast Asia region.

“In addition, widespread thundery showers with gusty winds due to the passage of Sumatra squalls are expected on one or two mornings,” said MSS.

So in other words, it’s probably going to be raining a lot.

Don’t skip out on the umbrella when you’re heading out.

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