August has been torture.
Okay, to be more specific, and slightly less dramatic, the heat has been unbearable and I’m sure all of you can agree with me on that.
The weather in Singapore has been rather dry since late July, and August has been a really warm month, with daily maximum temperatures reaching at least 34°C on 13 days.
Almost No Rainfall in August
Singapore experienced its first dry spell in more than five years, from the 31st of July to the 16th of August, with 90 percent of all stations islandwide recording daily rainfall of below 0.2mm.
We all thought that we were never going to see rain again.
Until finally, on 17th August, we were blessed with moderate showers over many parts of the island.
But still, overall, Singapore’s rainfall for the month of August looked something like this:
There isn’t even a single speck of blue to be seen.
September is Going To Be Hot & Dry
Just in case you thought that this horrible hot weather has finally come to an end and we can all be happy again…
I’m sorry to break it to you, but you thought wrong.
The hot and dry weather is going to continue as we move forward into the month of September. (That’s 4 more months to 2020, unbelievable)
According to the Meteorological Service Singapore, prevailing south-west monsoon conditions in the region are expected to persist in the first two weeks of September.
Due to cooler sea surface temperatures over the tropical eastern Indian Ocean, dry weather is forecast to prevail over Singapore and the surrounding region in these two weeks.
Short Thundery Showers On A Few Days
However, short-duration thundery showers can be expected on four or five days between the late morning and early afternoon.
This means that there will certainly be more rain than August, even if it’s not by a very huge amount. Oh well, it’s better than nothing.
The first fortnight of September 2019 is expected to be as warm as August. The daily temperature is forecast to range between 26°C and 34°C, with temperatures rising up to 35°C on a few days.
Singapore May Experience Haze
The areas surrounding Singapore will also be experiencing similar climates, especially as hotspots with smoke plumes are still being observed in parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan.
This is due to the forest fires that have been going on in certain parts of Indonesia for a while, and it could even lead to Singapore experiencing occasional haze.
Dammit. We all thought that we had managed to steer clear of the haze this year.
It might be time to go and buy yourself an N95 mask if you don’t have one yet.
And while you’re at it, get yourself a bunch of mini portable fans too. They may be small, but you’re definitely going to appreciate them a lot in this weather. Especially if it’s going to go on like this for a while.