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Singapore experiencing record dry spell - and it could get worse: NEA

Published on Feb 25, 2014 7:14 AM
Dry conditions at the Botanic Gardens yesterday. Barely any rain fell in Singapore for 27 consecutive days from Jan 13 to Feb 8. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

The nearly month-long dry spell from Jan 13 to Feb 8 has gone down in history as the country's worst since extensive data recording began five decades ago, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).

Barely any rain fell in Singapore for those 27 consecutive days, comfortably dwarfing the previous record, an 18-day dry spell in 2008.

Though brief showers on Feb 8 and Feb 9 ended the dearth and brought respite to parched parks and gardens islandwide, the lack of rain has persisted. Apart from again short-lived showers in western Singapore on Feb 16, the island has seen no rain since.

The dry weather is "likely to persist into the first half of March", the NEA predicted, which could set another record.

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