NEA: Short thundery showers, slightly hazy conditions to be expected for second half of July

Rain expected over the next two weeks in the late morning and afternoon. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

SINGAPORE- Short-duration thundery showers and slightly hazy conditions can be expected over the next fortnight, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) in its latest forecast.

In a forecast issued on Wednesday, the NEA said that short-duration thundery showers can be expected in the next two weeks due to "strong solar heating of land areas", which are likely on four to six days in the late morning and afternoon.

Thundery showers with gusty winds are also expected on one to two days in the pre-dawn and morning. Rainfall for July is expected to be below normal, said the NEA.

The agency added that slightly hazy conditions can be expected on a few days, in particular in the early morning.

For the first half of July 2015, the southern and western parts of Singapore received below average rainfall. The highest rainfall of 110 mm and 130 mm - or 50 to 75 per cent above average, were recorded over the central and eastern parts of the island around Lower Peirce Reservoir and Changi respectively.

The lowest rainfall of 25 mm to 45 mm - or 40 to 65 per cent below average, was recorded over the western parts of Singapore around Jurong.

On July 10, Singapore was briefly affected by slight haze due to a change in the prevailing winds, which could have brought in some smoke haze from fires in the nearby region, added the NEA.

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