Singapore to get even hotter and wetter
Climate report predicts city will be warmest place on earth by the turn of the century
Published on Jun 29, 2014 7:39 AM
Tropical countries such as Singapore will be a lot hotter and wetter by the turn of this century if climate change predictions come to pass.
Weather considered extreme today could well become the norm, with temperatures rising by as much as three to four degrees Cel-sius and heavy storms becoming more frequent and intense.
Singapore already has one of the hottest tropical rainforest climates on earth.
"Equatorial Singapore will not just be warmer than it is now, but warmer than anywhere on earth with year-round rainfall," ecologist Richard Corlett warns in the first State of the Tropics report by Australia's James Cook University (JCU), which is launched today in Myanmar, Singapore and Australia.
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The creeping tropics
In the report, JCU researchers say climate change is making the earth's tropical regions creep gradually towards the poles at a rate of about 1.25 to 2.5 degrees of latitude every quarter-century - or between 138km and 277km.