This month on track to be hottest April on record, wet weather expected in early May

A man sits in the shade of a tree surrounded by an area of parched grass outside the Marina Barrage.
A man sits in the shade of a tree surrounded by an area of parched grass outside the Marina Barrage. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

SINGAPORE - This month is on track to be the warmest April since records began in 1929, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) confirmed on Friday (April 29).

As of Thursday, the mean monthly temperature for the month stood at 29.5 deg C - 0.3 deg C above the highest ever mean monthly April temperature, which was recorded in 1998.

The highest daily maximum temperatures also exceeded 34 deg C on most days.

In addition, the daily maximum of 36.7 deg C recorded at Seletar on April 13 was the second highest ever recorded temperature in Singapore.

The highest was 37.0, recorded at Tengah on April 17, 1983

The highest daily maximum temperature has reached 35 deg C or above on 13 days this month.

Almost all parts of Singapore also received below average rainfall.

However, thundery showers are forecasted for Singapore over the next two weeks.

Short thundery showers are expected in the afternoons of seven to nine days, while thundery showers with gusty winds are expected in the pre-dawn and morning hours on one or two days, according to the MSS.

Rainfall for the first fortnight of next month is expected to be near average and the daily maximum temperatures are likely to range between 33 and 35 deg C on most days.