Wet and cool weather likely during Chinese New Year

The rainy weather will likely ease in the last week of the month.

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Published: 17 January 2023, 1:20 PM

The next two weeks of January are expected to be wetter than the first fortnight of the year, announced the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) on Monday (Jan 16).

The current north-east monsoon conditions are forecast to persist into the second half of January, with low-level winds blowing from the north-west or north-east. 

During the Chinese New Year period, a surge of strong north-easterly winds over the South China Sea can be expected as a result of a stronger high-pressure system over the northern Asian continent, said MSS.

This surge is likely to last for a few days and may bring cooler conditions with spells of showers over Singapore and the surrounding vicinity. Thereafter, the rainy weather is likely to ease in the last week of the month with localised short-duration thundery showers to be expected in the afternoon.

During the second half of the month, daily temperatures are forecast to range between 24 and 32 degrees Celsius on most days, and drop to temperatures of between 22 degrees Celsius and 30 degrees Celsius during rainy days.

However, it may reach a high of 33 degrees Celsius on a few days as well.

Overall, Singaporeans can expect above average rainfall for the second half of January. The total rainfall for the month is likely to be near average over most parts of the island.

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