'Tis the season for brollies in cool, rainy Singapore

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A food delivery rider undeterred by the downpour in Toa Payoh yesterday. Moderate to heavy thundery showers are expected in the afternoons for the rest of the month. Eleven-year-old Rafeeqa Md Azizul Haque loading a dryer at Wonder Wash launderette i
food delivery rider undeterred by the downpour in Toa Payoh yesterday. Moderate to heavy thundery showers are expected in the afternoons for the rest of the month. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG
A food delivery rider undeterred by the downpour in Toa Payoh yesterday. Moderate to heavy thundery showers are expected in the afternoons for the rest of the month. Eleven-year-old Rafeeqa Md Azizul Haque loading a dryer at Wonder Wash launderette i
Patrons seen through windows frosted with condensation at a cafe in Tanjong Pagar yesterday. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH, DESMOND WEE
A food delivery rider undeterred by the downpour in Toa Payoh yesterday. Moderate to heavy thundery showers are expected in the afternoons for the rest of the month. Eleven-year-old Rafeeqa Md Azizul Haque loading a dryer at Wonder Wash launderette i
While most pedestrians along Church Street ventured out into the rain with umbrellas yesterday, one used her shopping bag as a temporary shield. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH, DESMOND WEE
A food delivery rider undeterred by the downpour in Toa Payoh yesterday. Moderate to heavy thundery showers are expected in the afternoons for the rest of the month. Eleven-year-old Rafeeqa Md Azizul Haque loading a dryer at Wonder Wash launderette i
Eleven-year-old Rafeeqa Md Azizul Haque loading a dryer at Wonder Wash launderette in Bishan yesterday. She was there with her grandmother, Madam Jalma Mydeen, to dry clothes after a holiday. While the wet weather has caused a decline in sales at some shops, launderettes have thrived. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

As the rain falls relentlessly across Singapore, umbrellas are going up while people continue with their daily routine and last-minute shopping during the festive season.

The wet weather has caused sales in some shops to decline, with fewer customers venturing outdoors.

But other businesses, including launderettes, have thrived because of the downpour.

The rain here and in the surrounding region is the result of the wet phase of the north-east monsoon season, which is expected to last until next month.

There is likely to be a wet start to the new year.

The National Environment Agency said the rest of this month will see moderate to heavy thundery showers in the afternoons, with some extending into the evenings.

Overall, the rainfall for this month is expected to be "well above average".

The final two weeks of the year will see temperatures ranging between 24 deg C and 33 deg C on most days, and dropping to as low as 23 deg C on some days.

With the wet weather, many are heading out to launderettes, and craving spicy soup, with hotpot stalls reporting brisk business.

The persistent rain over the past few days has many moving as fast as their legs can carry them across soaked pavements and roads. For this couple - yes, there are two people - navigating Sims Avenue yesterday morning, sharing an umbrella might not h
A walk in the rain: The persistent rain over the past few days has many moving as fast as their legs can carry them across soaked pavements and roads. For this couple - yes, there are two people - navigating Sims Avenue yesterday morning, sharing an umbrella might not have made their walk wet-free, but it would have been a bit more warm and cosy. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 18, 2019, with the headline 'Tis the season for brollies in cool, rainy Singapore. Subscribe