Winter is Coming: Singapore braces for 22°C storms and flood prevention measures

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It’s time to bring out the overcoats and down jackets: Singapore is about to experience chilly weather once again as the monsoon season sets itself in the city-state, with temperatures predicted to go as low as 22°C, said the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) in a press release Friday.

Thanks to the Northeast Monsoon, daily temperatures on the first half of December are expected to range between 24°C and 32°C. During this period, there could be a few days where cooler temperatures are expected and daily minimum temperatures could reach a low of 22°C and 23°C.

Singapore is set to expect thundery showers mostly in the afternoon, with some showers expected to last into the evening, according to MSS.

Towards the end of the first half of December, a monsoon surge could bring cloudy and occasionally windy conditions with periods of moderate rain over Singapore’s shores, MSS added.

Singapore is not alien to this phenomenon, as the country went into joyful delight when temperatures in the sweltering city-state went down to as low as 21°C this past January. The five-day chill was Singapore’s longest cold spell that the country enjoyed in a decade, said the MSS.

However, the country is known for its “ponding” spells, which first came to light in 2011 when a basement-level Starbucks store at the Liat Towers shopping mall was flooded due to torrential rains.

Thus, the Public Utilities Board is stepping up its prevention measures by offering sandbags to about 600 residents and businesses in flood-prone areas — typically low-lying — upon request, it said in a statement on Friday.

Singaporeans who would like to stay updated about the weather and flooding situation can use the myENV mobile app by the National Environment Agency (NEA), or visit the NEA website.

Now, go forth, grab your brolly, and sing in the rain.

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