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2018 was Singapore's 8th warmest year: Met Service


SINGAPORE: In 2018, the average annual temperature was 27.9 degrees Celsius, which is the eighth warmest year recorded by the Meteorological Service (MSS) on Tuesday (January 15).

This temperature, also recorded in 2014, 2009 and 2005, is 0.4 degrees Celsius, higher than the 1981-2001 average, and 0.2 degrees Celsius is warmer than 2017. average annual temperature of 27.7 degrees Celsius.

The warmest year is 2016, when the average annual temperature was 28.4 degrees Celsius. Temperature records began in 1929.

"The highest temperature was recorded in all months of 2018, except January, when Singapore was on 10-14 January expanded," said the agency.

In particular, MSS said that December 2018 was the second warmest month in Singapore and the monthly average temperature was 27.6 degrees Celsius.

In the second half of the month, it was particularly warm, adding that the December 28 and 30 day-long peak temperatures of 33.8 degrees Celsius were due to the December day record on December 2, 1948.

"Singapore's ten warmest years have taken place over the last 25 years, and eight of them were registered in this century," said MSS, adding that the last decade from 2009 to 2018 marks Singapore's warmest decade, with an average temperature of 27.89 degrees Celsius.

"These are signs of a long-term warming trend in Singapore."

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But it wasn't all sticky time.

Monsoon growth from January 10 to January 14 created five consecutive days of cool weather throughout the island, and the daily minimum temperature was dipped to 21.2 degrees Celsius. "It was the longest cool spell in Singapore has experienced at least two decades," MSS said.

Monsoon growth refers to the strengthening of the northeast wind, blowing from a strong high pressure system on the North Asian continent to the South China Sea.

At the end of January, unusual weather conditions also occurred.

Intense thunderstorms caused rain and hail stones in the northern parts of Singapore on January 30, with MSS noting that "in tropics where crucifixes usually disappear before land is landed, it is relatively rare".

And on January 31, a waterfall was also found on the east coast, which was also associated with an intense thunderstorm. "Strong wind gusts from the waterfall swam sail boats a few meters inland," added MSS.

During the year, heavy rainfall and heavy wind gusts from intense thunderstorms also led to a number of rapid floods, fallen trees and property damage.

In particular, on March 30, strong wind gusts from intense thunderstorms caused "significant damage" to chicken farms in Lim Chu Kang, adding. "The 133.3 km / h wind gust registered at the nearby Tengah station the same day was the strongest gust of wind recorded since 2010."


However, the total annual rainfall in 2018 was far from impressive.

MSS said that most of the islands were close to the average, but in the Changi Climate Station in a few months, especially from February to April, it was significantly below average rainfall.

"It contributed to an annual total rainfall of 1 708 mm, which is 21% below 1981 – 2010.

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