Wet weather expected to continue through last two weeks of March: NEA
SINGAPORE – The last two weeks of March will continue to be wet, the meteorologist said on Wednesday March 16.
Even with humid weather expected over the next fortnight, the daily high temperature could still peak at around 35 degrees Celsius over one or two days.
Most days, the daily temperature is expected to be between 24 degrees C and 34 degrees C, the Meteorological Service of Singapore (MSS) said.
Additionally, Sumatra beans can bring cooler daily temperatures of between 23 and 32 deg C for a few days.
The Sumatran squall is a line of thunderstorms that originate over the Indonesian island of Sumatra or the Straits of Malacca, and generally move east towards Singapore and the surrounding region under the influence winds from the southwest or west.
The prevailing northeast monsoon conditions, with low winds blowing from the northeast or northwest of the country, are expected to gradually weaken.
The MSS said this change in wind conditions signals the end of the northeast monsoon and the start of the inter-monsoon period.
Over the next two weeks, the wind is expected to be light and variable but may blow from the southwest or west for several days.
The monsoon rain belt is expected to extend over the equatorial region of Southeast Asia.
For several days during this period, Sumatran squalls from the Straits of Malacca can bring widespread moderate to heavy thundery showers with occasional gusty winds to Singapore in the morning as they move east towards of the South China Sea.
On other days, moderate to heavy thundery showers of short duration are expected on parts of the island in the afternoon.
On some days, thundery showers could last well into the evening, when there is a strong convergence of winds in the vicinity. Overall, March rainfall is expected to be above average in most parts of Singapore.
The daily rainfall total of 134.2 mm recorded in Jurong West on March 7 was the highest daily rainfall total recorded during the first half of the month.
The highest daily maximum temperature of 36 degrees Celsius was recorded at Paya Lebar last Sunday, while the lowest daily minimum temperature was 22.1 degrees Celsius recorded at Admiralty and Jurong on March 2 and March 10 respectively.