Weather to be less wet for first half of July, but showers to persist

Overall rainfall is expected to be slightly below normal over most parts of Singapore in July, said the Meteorological Service Singapore.
Overall rainfall is expected to be slightly below normal over most parts of Singapore in July, said the Meteorological Service Singapore.PHOTO: LIN ZHAOWEI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - The first 14 days of this month will be less wet and slightly hotter than the last two weeks of June, said the weatherman on Monday (July 2).

Still, expect thundery showers to persist in the late morning and early afternoon on five to seven days, and between pre-dawn hours and early morning accompanied by gusty winds on one or two days.

Overall, the rainfall is forecast to be slightly below normal in most parts of Singapore, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS).

Last week, torrential rain caused flooding in several parts of Singapore.

The downpour was heaviest on June 26, when total rainfall reached 179.8mm in the Toh Tuck area.

This is the highest daily rainfall for this year and the fifth-highest June rainfall ever recorded.

In the first two weeks this month, daily temperatures are expected to range between 25 deg C and 34 deg C. But it could reach a high of around 35 deg C on a few days.

These would be hotter days than in the last two weeks of June when rain pushed the daily minimum temperature on nine days to below 23 deg C.

The days in the first half of June were hotter than those in the second half, with daily maximums exceeding 34 deg C, and peaking at 35 deg C on June 6 at Marina Barrage.

An MSS spokesman said that the chilliest daily minimum temperature for last month - 21.5 deg C - was recorded on June 15 at Sembawang.

The record low for June is 20 deg C, recorded on June 25, 2013 at Tengah.