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February was the driest month in Singapore since 1869, says NEA

Published on Mar 4, 2014 5:42 PM
 
Low water levels seen at MacRitchie Reservoir on Feb 5, 2014. February was Singapore's driest month since 1869, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an advisory on Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

February was Singapore's driest month since 1869, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said in an advisory on Tuesday.

Just 0.2mm of rain during bone-dry February was recorded at the Changi climate station, which NEA uses as its reference station. The previous record was the 6.3mm of rain recorded in 2010, also in February, which is often drier than other months.

There were only seven days of brief showers last month, between Feb 7 and 19, mainly in western Singapore. Rainfall recorded at all 64 rainfall stations across the island was far below the mean February rainfall of 161 mm. Half of the stations recorded under 10 mm of rain.

February was also the windiest month in the last 30 years, and one of the least humid, added the NEA. Average daily wind speeds of 13.3 km/h were recorded at the Changi climate station, exceeding the previous high of 12.5 km/h recorded in January 1985. The average daily relative humidity of 74.5 per cent was also the lowest ever, shaving the previous record of 74.6 per cent measured in June last year.

 
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