After hottest and driest September, rainfall still below average in 1st two weeks of October

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SINGAPORE — After enduring the hottest and driest September on record, Singapore still experienced below-average rainfall in the first two weeks of October.

According to a media release by National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (16 October), short-duration thundery showers fell over the island in the first fortnight of October, mostly in the afternoon.

While this brought some relief to the dry conditions of recent months, below-average rainfall was recorded across Singapore during that period. The rainfall station at Sentosa recorded the highest anomaly of 92 per cent below average.

Despite the increased showers, there were still some warm days, with the daily maximum temperature exceeding 34°C. The highest daily maximum temperature of 35.7°C was recorded at Clementi on Sunday.

For the rest of the month, Singapore can expect short, moderate-to-heavy thunderstorms in the afternoon on eight to 10 days. The showers can extend into the evening on a few of these days, and can be accompanied by frequent lightning activity.

Overall, the rainfall for Singapore in this month is expected to be near-normal. With the expected increase in rainfall over the region, the likelihood of transboundary haze affecting Singapore is low.

For updates of the daily weather and haze situation, visit the Meteorological Service Singapore website, the NEA website, the haze microsite, or download the myENV app or MSS’ Weather@SG app.

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