Warm, humid weather expected to remain in first half of May

Daily temperatures are forecast to reach a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius on most afternoons.

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Published: 3 May 2023, 2:17 PM

The warm and humid weather experienced in April is expected to continue into the first half of May, announced the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS). 

The month of May is normally one of the warmest months of the year, and daily temperatures are forecast to reach a maximum of 34 degrees Celsius on most afternoons.

On a few days when there is less cloud cover, the daily maximum temperature could reach around 35 degrees Celsius.

Short-duration thundery showers are expected over parts of Singapore in the afternoon on most days due to strong daytime heating of land areas. For one or two days, the rain could extend into the evening.

The first week of the fortnight could see a few days of widespread thundery showers and gusty winds in the pre-dawn and morning due to the temporary shifts in the winds. 

Overall, near average rainfall is forecast over most parts of the island for the first fortnight of May.

The MSS added that April was generally a warm month, with the daily maximum temperature reaching above 34 degrees Celsius on most days. 

Temperatures of 35 degrees Celsius and above were registered for nine days. 

The highest daily maximum temperature recorded was 36.1 degrees Celsius at Woodlands on Apr 14.

However, inter-monsoon conditions prevailed over Singapore and the surrounding region, with low-level winds being generally light and variable in direction.

On Apr 20, a Sumatra squall brought heavy thundery showers and gusty winds over parts of the island in the morning. 

The rain was heaviest over the western and southern parts of Singapore. The daily total rainfall of 112.1mm recorded at Jurong West on that day was the highest rainfall for that month.

Most parts of Singapore recorded below average rainfall in April. The highest anomaly of 36 per cent above average was recorded at Changi. 

The anomaly was lowest around the Somerset area at 40 per cent below average.

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