It’s always weird when Singapore isn’t blazing hot.
Much like when you drink a cup of bubble tea without any pearls, something just feels off.
While this might have been welcomed during the circuit breaker, when we were all stuck in the jail that is our home, the rainy season couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Children are on holiday, and the festive season is upon us.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), the rainy season won’t just be here till next January, we might be stuck with it for the next four months.
The Rainy Season in S’pore Might Last Until March 2021 Instead Due to La Nina
La Nina sounds like the name of a Spanish pop star, but it could be the reason for a prolonged rainy season.
According to the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS), La Nina conditions were detected this month.
Typically, the country experiences wet weather in December and January, while drier conditions are prevalent in February and March.
If La Nina conditions persist, however, Singaporeans can expect to get wet in February and March as well.
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For the unacquainted, La Nina is the opposite of El Nino.
Reader: And what is El Nino?
The opposite of La Nina, of course.
As some of you may know, El Nino is an irregularly occurring complex weather phenomenon that can cause global surface temperatures to rise.
This happens when trade winds that blow from the east weaken.
According to Vox, a strong El Nino coupled with global warming can even cause a serious drought in Australia.
On the other hand, La Nina, which is El Nino’s sibling who happens to be rather emotional, occurs when those trade winds from the east strengthen.
This causes warm water to be more tightly confined around the maritime continent, concentrating the supply of moisture.
This, in turn, leads to the formation of more rain clouds, which, well, bring rain.
Keep Canals & Waterways Free of Litter to Prevent Floods
With more rain comes the risk of floods, of course.
And if you often toss trash in the longkang, you might be making the country more prone to floods.
We’ve already experienced flash floods twice this month – 2 Nov and 7 Nov – according to PUB.
Floods usually subside within half an hour, but since the country may experience more intense and frequent rainstorms, we should take precautions.
We can’t keep widening or deepening our drains, because we’re already running out of space.
So, in order to prevent massive floods, residents can help to keep canals and waterways free of litter so stormwater can flow unobstructed.
This will empty the streets of water quicker, and we won’t have to row our way home.
We can’t predict if it really will rain all the time for the next few months, of course.
But it’d be a good idea to bring an umbrella out with you just in case.
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