Temperatures rise to 29 deg C in some areas, signalling end of cool spell

Socks hang on a clothesline in Clementi, as warmer weather sets in, on Jan 16.
Socks hang on a clothesline in Clementi, as warmer weather sets in, on Jan 16.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
Pedestrians walking near Simei MRT Station at around 10am on Jan 16.
Pedestrians walking near Simei MRT Station at around 10am on Jan 16. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

SINGAPORE - Temperatures across Singapore rose to as high as 29 deg C on Tuesday (Jan 16), signalling the end of the cool spell that fell over the island last week.

As of 2.10pm, the highest temperature in Singapore was 29.6 deg C in Jurong Island - the highest temperature for the day so far. 

Parts of southern and eastern Singapore also recorded temperatures of at least 29 deg C, including Sentosa Island, Marina Barrage, Tai Seng, East Coast Parkway and Changi, according to the Meteorological Service Singapore website.

Meanwhile, the lowest temperatures were observed in Admiralty and Jurong West, with temperatures of 28.2 deg C and 28.3 deg C. 

According to the Met, the lowest recorded temperature so far for the day was at 7.34am in Jurong West, at 22.5 deg C. 


PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE SINGAPORE

This is an increase from the previous high of 27.5 deg C in Changi at around 10.30am, when The Straits Times last checked the Meteorological Service Singapore website.

Weather stations in Tai Seng, East Coast Parkway, Marina Barrage and Sentosa Island also recorded high temperatures of between 27 deg C and 27.5 deg C.

The lowest temperatures were recorded in the west of Singapore. Weather stations registered temperatures of 25.8 deg C in Jurong West and 25.7 deg C in Tuas South. 

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Sunday that the mercury is expected to rise to between 23 deg C and 24 deg C this week, after dipping below 22 deg C in some areas.


PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE SINGAPORE

Social media users were already lamenting the return of the tropical temperatures, with one Twitter user saying "it was nice while it lasted". 

https://twitter.com/jawnchan/status/953099886999650304 https://twitter.com/Khalish_Marican/status/953082906787823616

However, some were glad that temperatures were returning to normal, while others had mixed feelings about the change in weather. 

https://twitter.com/shvkilvx/status/953090211507941377

The brief cool weather was the result of a 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.

The last time Singapore recorded a temperature of 21.2 deg C was in 2016, but the mercury has dipped even lower before - to 20.1 deg C in 2014 and 20 deg C in 2013.

The lowest temperature recorded in Singapore was 19 deg C in Paya Lebar on Feb 14, 1989.