Lowest temperature in Singapore since 2016 at 21.2 deg C; mercury to rise to between 23-24 deg C over next few days

Temperatures at a few locations, including Jurong West and Admiralty, dropped to 21.2 deg C between 5am and 6am on Jan 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Temperatures at a few locations, including Jurong West and Admiralty, dropped to 21.2 deg C between 5am and 6am on Jan 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID
Temperatures at a few locations, including Jurong West and Admiralty, dropped to 21.2 deg C between 5am and 6am on Jan 14, 2018. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Enjoy the cool while it lasts because the National Environment Agency (NEA) said that temperatures are unlikely to dip below 22 deg C in the coming days.

The mercury is expected to rise to between 23 deg C and 24 deg C over the next few days, the NEA said in its Facebook update on Sunday (Jan 14) afternoon.

This is after Singapore recorded its lowest temperatures since 2016 on Sunday morning as the thermometer dipped to 21.2 deg C in Admiralty and Jurong West at around 5am.

This was slightly lower than the 21.4 deg C seen in Jurong West last Friday.

At other locations across the island on Sunday, the lowest temperatures ranged from 21.3 deg C to 22.2 deg C, NEA said.

The current cool spell in Singapore is the result of an ongoing monsoon surge over the South China Sea, where the sudden increase in wind speed brings with it cool air from the winter chill in the northern hemisphere.

NEA said that in the past few days, the highest temperature was 26.4 deg C at Jurong Island, recorded last Thursday.

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Used to the sweltering heat, Singaporeans are resorting to winter wear, hot drinks and even using the heater to combat the sudden dip in temperature.

Meanwhile, the highest daily total rainfall was 47mm in Loyang on Saturday.

However, NEA said that the rainfall is "not considered high for a monsoon surge event".

The highest daily total rainfall from a monsoon surge in January was 134.8mm in Changi in 2013.

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Singapore last recorded a temperature of 21.2 deg C in 2016, but the mercury had dipped even lower several times before, such as to 20.1 deg C in 2014 and 20 deg C in 2013.

NEA said on its Facebook page that the current rainy weather eased on Sunday morning, with the gradual weakening of the monsoon surge.

It is expected to be cloudy, with occasional light rain in the afternoon, for the rest of Sunday.

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