Dry and Warm Conditions in First Half of March 2016

Afternoon thundery showers on some days


Singapore, 1 March 2016 – Northeast Monsoon conditions are forecast to persist in March 2016 with low level winds blowing predominantly from the north or northeast.

2. In the first fortnight of March 2016, dry and occasionally windy conditions are expected to prevail on most days. Localised short-duration thundery showers are expected mostly in the afternoon on some days around the middle of the fortnight period. The showers may be heavy at times on days when there is convergence of winds coupled with strong solar heating of land areas. Rainfall for the first half of March 2016 is expected to be near-normal.

3. The dry weather experienced in the past week is expected to extend into the first two weeks of March 2016. The temperature during this period is expected to range between 24°C and 33°C on most days. On some days, warmer temperatures can be expected with the daily maximum temperature reaching as high as 34°C.

Review (1 – 29 February 2016)

4. Northeast Monsoon conditions continued to prevail over the region in February 2016. The low level winds in Singapore during the month blew predominantly from the northeast.

5. In the second week of February 2016, Singapore experienced occasionally windy and cool weather conditions where the lowest daily minimum temperature recorded was between 21.5°C and 22.5°C due to a monsoon surge that affected the region during the period. The monsoon surge brought moderate to occasionally heavy rainfall to Singapore where the total daily rainfall of 96.8mm over the Queenstown area was the highest daily rainfall recorded for February 2016.

6. In addition, Singapore experienced short-duration thundery showers mainly in the afternoon and evening on some days due to strong solar heating of land areas coupled with localised wind convergence. Dry and occasionally windy conditions were experienced in the last week of February 2016.

7. Rainfall across Singapore was above average in February 2016. The highest rainfall of 186mm (68% above average) was recorded over the eastern part of Singapore around Changi. Rainfall was lowest over the northeastern part of the island around Seletar, where 178mm (11% above average) was recorded.

8. Singapore experienced warm conditions on most days in February 2016. The highest daily maximum temperature recorded ranged between 33.8 and 34.2°C. The mean monthly temperature of 27.8°C for February 2016 is 0.7°C warmer than the long-term mean of 27.1°C for February, and ranks February 2016 as the fourth warmest February since 1929.


CLIMATE STATION STATISTICS FOR MARCH (Climatological reference period: 1981 – 2010)

Mean daily maximum temperature 32.0 degrees Celsius
Mean daily minimum temperature 24.6 degrees Celsius
Mean monthly temperature 27.5 degrees Celsius
Mean rainfall for the month 170.3 mm
Mean number of rain days 13
Highest monthly mean daily maximum temperature 34.1 degrees Celsius (1998)
Lowest monthly mean daily minimum temperature 23.7 degrees Celsius (1982)
Highest monthly rainfall 361.3 mm (1984)
Lowest monthly rainfall 34.3 mm (1997)