Pray as you might, the weather gods are currently out of commission in February. If you’ve watched Makoto Shinkai’s Weathering With You, perhaps you might think that a sunshine girl has appeared in Singapore.
That means no more sweater weather temperatures, no more tropical winter wonderland. The heat is back and it’s here to stay.
Drier and Windy Days Ahead
According to the Meteorological Service Singapore’s (MSS) weather outlook for the remainder of the month (16 Feb – 28 Feb), Singapore will experience drier weather and occasionally windy conditions. The temperature is forecasted to be anywhere from 24°C and 33°C on most days.
MSS also notes that temperatures might reach a high of 34°C in the last week of February. Time to really get your sunblock out if you’re going to take part in outdoor activities during the day.
For rain lovers, fret not. There might be the occasional afternoon or evening shower as well. The agency explains that due to the strong daytime heating of land areas and the weakening of low-level winds, short-duration thundery showers are expected at those times.
However, long-term statistics for February show that the average number of rainfall days in the month is 8, and the average rainfall is 112.8mm, a far cry from January’s 234.6 mm.
This comes as no surprise, as the agency’s website already indicates that “[i]n the first half of February 2021, rainfall was below average over many parts of the island.”
“Overall, the rainfall for February 2021 is expected to be below normal over most parts of the island”, adds MSS.
Northeast Monsoon Season Dry Phase
So you might wonder, why has the weather changed so drastically from January to February?
According to MSS, the Northeast Monsoon season is currently in its dry phase, with winds blowing from the north or northeast.
Intensification of a high-pressure system over central China is forecast to bring a mass of dry air accompanied with a strengthening of northeast winds over the South China Sea. This will give us our windy weather every now and then.
Stable atmospheric conditions are thus predicted for Singapore and its surrounding regions.
This is unlike January’s monsoon surge which brought strong winds from the north-east due to the strengthening of the high-pressure system. The massive convergence of winds in the region was what brought the extremely rainy and cool conditions.
Oh well. Though the weather is getting hotter, it means that the likelihood of your beach or picnic outing getting cancelled is lower. Time to bust out your sunglasses and bask in the sun!
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