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Weather & climate
The Singapore climate is tropical, so the country stays hot and humid throughout the year. Although there is no distinct wet or dry season, the region is affected by two disparate monsoons and receives a considerable amount of rainfall - approximately 2340mm annually. The Northeast Monsoon generally takes place December to March and causes a slight increase in the frequency of precipitation for the Singapore region. Conversely, the Southwest Monsoon produces a marginally dryer climate for Singapore’s June to September months. Despite the slightly lower precipitation levels, the Southwest Monsoon is characterized by its early-morning rainstorms; these often persist for one or two hours then taper off for the afternoon. The season also experiences bouts of dry weather.
Singapore’s two monsoon seasons are separated by the shorter inter-monsoon periods of April/May and October/November, during which time afternoon and evening rain showers are likely. These showers are typically sudden and heavy, but often only last for a short time. Thunderstorms are also extremely common, occurring on roughly 40% of all days year-round; in fact, this small city-state has one of the highest rates of lightning activity worldwide. Singapore normally receives the most rainfall in December and January and the least during the months of June, July and August. However, even the drier season experiences a fair amount of rain (around 150mm each month), so be prepared for unpredictably wet weather any time of the year.
Located just north of the equator, Singapore is considered to have a tropical rainforest climate. The Singapore weather remains fairly constant year-round, with temperatures averaging around 31º C (88º F) during the day and unlikely to dip below 23º C (74º F) at night-time. The region is typically extremely humid, with humidity levels usually between 70% and 90%; often the air is muggiest in the early morning, abating somewhat in the afternoon. On rainy days it is not unreasonable to expect the humidity to reach 100%. When visiting, be sure to drink enough water and seek frequent refuge from the sticky heat indoors.
Despite the unpredictability of the weather, Singapore experiences as much brilliant sunshine as it does rain, and therefore makes for a delightful beach destination. If sunbathing happens to be interrupted by an unexpected shower, there is a plethora of indoor entertainment in this vibrant cultural destination.

Best time to visit:
As Singapore weather does not vary drastically throughout the year, tourism in the area is relatively steady year-round. The weather can be erratic and unpredictable, so it may be best to plan a Singaporean escape based on the festival season rather than the climate; some of the nation’s most notable are the grand celebrations of Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival and the Art Festival.

Required clothing:
Be sure to pack lightweight cottons and linens to avoid becoming overheated in the muggy Singapore climate. Also remember to carry an umbrella any time of year, but particularly during the rainy season.

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