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Despite weekend rains, dry spell set to continue

SINGAPORE — Although widespread rain over the weekend brought some relief after the skies were “shut” for more than 20 days, the National Environment Agency (NEA) yesterday said the dry weather is set to continue, as the region is still in the dry phase of the north-east monsoon season.

SINGAPORE — Although widespread rain over the weekend brought some relief after the skies were “shut” for more than 20 days, the National Environment Agency (NEA) yesterday said the dry weather is set to continue, as the region is still in the dry phase of the north-east monsoon season.

The dry phase had begun in mid-January, which was earlier than usual, and led to one of the longest dry spells Singapore has experienced in recent years. A dry spell occurs when less than 1mm of rainfall is registered daily over an extended period of at least 15 consecutive days.

Afternoon showers can be expected this week, but “a strengthening of winds over the South China Sea could bring drier conditions to Singapore on a few days during the week”, said the NEA.

Rain fell over western and central parts of Singapore last Sunday and at least 1mm of rainfall was recorded at 17 climate stations, with Bukit Timah recording the highest at 21.8mm. The agency had last week said rainfall for this month was expected to be below average. As of Sunday, 33 climate stations had recorded a daily rainfall total of less than 1mm since Jan 16.

Last month, only 75.4mm of rainfall and five “rain days” — a day with a minimum rainfall of 0.2mm — were recorded at Changi climate station, compared with the long-term average rainfall of 242.4mm usually received in January. The Republic last experienced similar dry spells between Jan 26 and Feb 10 in 2009 and between Feb 3 and 18 in 2011. WOO SIAN BOON

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