Free, real-time lightning information service launched

Lightning seen from the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on April 10, 2012. Singapore, which has one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world, has launched a real-time lightning information service for the public. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR
Lightning seen from the Choa Chu Kang Stadium on April 10, 2012. Singapore, which has one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world, has launched a real-time lightning information service for the public. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR

Singapore, which has one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world, has launched a real-time lightning information service for the public.

The free service by the Meteorological Service of Singapore (MSS) started on Tuesday The real-time data is generated through four lightning detection sensors located at Sembawang, Changi, Ulu Pandan and Choa Chu Kang.

The information is available on the app called Lightning@SG; through the hotline 6542-7788; and on the Meteorological Service of Singapore's website. Users who download the app will receive alerts whenever lightning is detected within six to eight kilometres from their chosen location.

Said the MSS' director-general Wong Chin Ling: "With an average of around 167 thunderstorm days a year, lightning strikes are a potential safety hazard for anyone engaging in outdoor activities in Singapore...it is important for the public to be alerted of potential lightning risk when out in the open." The MSS will continue to create awareness about lightning risk and necessary precautions by distributing educational materials to schools, community centres, and places organising outdoor activities.