March 2016 driest and second warmest on record; hot weather to continue

Office workers grimace under the midday sun during lunch hour in the Central Business District at Raffles Place.
Office workers grimace under the midday sun during lunch hour in the Central Business District at Raffles Place.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

SINGAPORE - Dry and warm weather that made March the driest and second warmest on record is set to continue for another two weeks, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Friday (April 1).

The maximum temperature may reach 35 deg C, NEA added.

The mean monthly temperature for March was 29 deg C, the second highest recorded since 1929.

It is 1.5 deg C higher than the long-term average for the month, and just 0.5 deg C shy of the warmest March ever recorded, in 1998, when the mean temperature for the month hit 29.5 deg C.

Eighteen days in March had temperatures above 34 deg C, NEA said.

The highest daily maximum temperature recorded was 35.3 deg C at Choa Chu Kang on March 11. It is also the highest temperature so far this year.

March was also the driest since records were started in 1869.

The highest rainfall of 133mm,which is 41 per cent below average, was recorded around Queenstown.

At the Changi climate station, the total rainfall recorded was 6.2mm - 96 per cent below average. The previous low was 18.5mm, recorded in March 1912.

For the first two weeks of April, these hot and dry conditions will continue.

April has traditionally been the warmest month of the year.

The daily maximum temperature is forecast to be between 33 and 35 deg C in the next two weeks.

Rainfall is expected to be below average, but short, thundery showers are forecast for four to six days over parts of Singapore, NEA said.

It added that the north-east monsoon is weakening, and will segue into the inter-monsoon period during this time. Winds are expected to gradually become light and variable in direction.

For daily weather forecasts, visit www.weather.gov.sg, the NEA website, or download the myENV app.