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Downpour in many areas brings relief from dry spell; more rain expected

Hougang. -- PHOTO: CHERYL EE VIA TWITTER
Hougang. -- PHOTO: CHERYL EE VIA TWITTER
Holland Road. -- PHOTO: JOANNA ASH VIA TWITTER
Holland Road. -- PHOTO: JOANNA ASH VIA TWITTER
Punggol. -- PHOTO: MARK MATTHEW NJO VIA TWITTER
Punggol. -- PHOTO: MARK MATTHEW NJO VIA TWITTER
Bedok. -- PHOTO: DANNY CHAN VIA TWITTER
Bedok. -- PHOTO: DANNY CHAN VIA TWITTER
-- PHOTO: PURPLEWIN VIA TWITTER
-- PHOTO: PURPLEWIN VIA TWITTER
Seng Kang West. -- PHOTO: CHANJEANIE VIA TWITTER
Seng Kang West. -- PHOTO: CHANJEANIE VIA TWITTER
Bishan Park. -- PHOTO: SHARON BOEY VIA TWITTER
Bishan Park. -- PHOTO: SHARON BOEY VIA TWITTER
Jurong West. -- PHOTO: FAIQAH FIRAS ZAHEEN FIRDAUS
Jurong West. -- PHOTO: FAIQAH FIRAS ZAHEEN FIRDAUS
Katong. -- PHOTO: KOW GENEVIEVE ANN JUDE
Katong. -- PHOTO: KOW GENEVIEVE ANN JUDE
Vivo City. -- PHOTO: PUTERI ZAZA SENGKANG
Vivo City. -- PHOTO: PUTERI ZAZA SENGKANG
Jurong East. -- PHOTO: EMMI B. CAPILI-TARROJA
Jurong East. -- PHOTO: EMMI B. CAPILI-TARROJA
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: ARIFUR RAHMAN
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: ARIFUR RAHMAN
Bedok. -- PHOTO: CRISSIE LEE
Bedok. -- PHOTO: CRISSIE LEE
Bukit Batok. -- PHOTO: GWEN ABRAHAMSEN
Bukit Batok. -- PHOTO: GWEN ABRAHAMSEN
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: JIMMY OH
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: JIMMY OH
Aljuneid. -- PHOTO: WAI YIN WONG
Aljuneid. -- PHOTO: WAI YIN WONG
Sembawang. -- PHOTO: TERI BEAR
Sembawang. -- PHOTO: TERI BEAR
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: LETCHUMI SIVA
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: LETCHUMI SIVA
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: LETCHUMI SIVA
Woodlands. -- PHOTO: LETCHUMI SIVA
Jurong West. -- PHOTO: SAYYID FARHAN
Jurong West. -- PHOTO: SAYYID FARHAN
Rain in Toa Payoh. -- PHOTO: JASON TANG
Rain in Toa Payoh. -- PHOTO: JASON TANG
Rain in Teck Whye.  -- PHOTO: ABDULLAH JOHAR
Rain in Teck Whye.  -- PHOTO: ABDULLAH JOHAR
Rain in Aljunied. -- PHOTO: JEYA K RAJOO
Rain in Aljunied. -- PHOTO: JEYA K RAJOO
Rain in Choa Chu Kang. -- PHOTO: EYAHF GNEHC LEM
Rain in Choa Chu Kang. -- PHOTO: EYAHF GNEHC LEM
Rain in Sentosa. -- PHOTO: SU WAI HLAING 
Rain in Sentosa. -- PHOTO: SU WAI HLAING 
Rain in PSA. -- PHOTO: SARINA LIM
Rain in PSA. -- PHOTO: SARINA LIM

Heavy rain gave many parts of Singapore a proper soaking late Sunday morning and much needed relief from the country's record-breaking dry spell.

The National Environment Agency's (NEA) 3-hour Nowcast - which tracks rainfall patterns - showed thundery showers across the entire island with readers reporting rain in most areas.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday: "A nice walk in Gardens by the Bay on a cool clear morning, topped up with a welcome sprinkling of RAIN."

 

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The nation was already given a small taste of the rain with light and passing showers on Saturday. And much to the relief of many, there will be more wet weather to come with NEA forecasting afternoon showers over the next three days. In an advisory issued on Saturday, it said that the current dry phase of the northeast monsoon is expected to transition to the inter-monsoon period in the last week of March. The inter-monsoon period generally brings more rain.

Despite the rain, however, the NEA expects rainfall this month to be below the March long-term average of 185.9mm.

Singapore has been in the grip of persistent dry weather since mid-January with greenery turning dry and brown and national water agency PUB having to pump Newater into reservoirs to keep water levels healthy.

The weekend rain is also helping to clear some of the haze the country has been experiencing.

The 24-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) stood at a high of 37 as of 11am, in the good range.

The 24-hour PM2.5 levels were also vastly improved at 28 micrograms per cubic metre, down from above 60 on Thursday.

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