Climate and Weather in Singapore

Climate and Weather in Singapore.

Situated just a single degree north of the equator, Singapore's climate is classically tropical in every way. From the constant, year-round heat to the undeniably dramatic humidity, Singapore's everyday weather can require a swift adjustment by visitors unused to heat, humidity, and occasional rain and dramatic thunderstorms.

A small city-state located off the coast of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore's climate is moderated by its oceanic surroundings. Despite being situated just north of the equator, it's cooler than other cities in nearby Malaysia and Indonesia by a great deal due to its frequent sea breezes. On still days, the temperature can reach well above thirty degrees; on windy days, it's rarely higher than twenty five.

Also fairly well moderated is Singapore's humidity. While the humidity level rarely reaches below fifty percent, it's very consistent throughout the year. Sixty to eighty percent humidity is relatively common in all months, although towards the beginning and end of the year, the humidity can reach into the low ninety percent range on occasion.

Singapore has no distinct 'hot' or 'cool' seasons, but it does have one distinct annual weather pattern – the shift from the 'dry' months of the mid year to the 'wet season' of November through December. In these months, rainfall picks up dramatically in the afternoons and evenings, and heavy rainstorms become commonplace, affecting the daily lives and schedules of residents and visitors alike.

If you're planning on visiting during the wet season, it's worth planning around the rain rather than postponing your trip entirely. Like other tropical countries, Singapore's 'wet season' hits during one time of the day – the afternoon and early evening. As such, planning around these times – visiting a shopping mall or cinema, for example – can allow you to 'skip' the rain during your trip.

However, the wet season does have one more permanent side effect. During Singapore's dry season, the sky is consistently clear and sunshine is almost constant during the daytime. In the rainy season, daytime weather can be gray and somewhat gloomy, even though it remains hot. If you're planning a sunny beach vacation or summer getaway, Singapore's wet season isn't the ideal time to visit.

Aside from its rainy season, Singapore's weather is relatively predictable. There are many smaller monsoons throughout the year, each hitting the island with patches of rain and even all-out storms on occasion. However, they're fairly infrequent and inconsequential, and unlike the 'all or nothing' monsoons of neighboring Malaysia or nearby Thailand.

More so than the rain, it's Singapore's immense heat that can catch visitors off guard. While locals may walk around in tailored suits and winter jackets during the day, most visitors will struggle with the immense heat of the island. Summer clothes – light shirts, short, and breathable clothing – will help immensely for visitors from cooler countries that are unaccustomed to the heat.

However, even those that struggle with immense heat will find respite in Singapore. The huge malls of Orchard Road are constantly air conditioned, with the frigid indoor temperatures leaking out the doors and onto the road itself. Likewise, almost every area in Singapore is air conditioned to a point that can only be described as 'arctic' – when you're indoors in Singapore, expect to feel cold.

There are many parks and public spaces scattered around Singapore, and most offer a great deal of shade for visitors that would prefer to stay outside yet avoid the sunshine. Areas close to the river or the sea tends to be cooler than those in the city itself, and visitors looking for summer temperatures and comfortable weather in Singapore would be best off booking hotels near the water.

Despite its constant heat and sometimes extreme humidity, Singapore's weather is much easier to deal with than that of its neighbors. Aside from an annual wet season and numerous smaller rainy periods throughout the year, the island's temperatures, although hot and sometimes sticky, aren't an issue for most visitors.