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Weather in Singapore in June

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chit Chat' started by Deb, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Deb

    Deb New Member

    My friends and I want to visit Singapore and would like to go in June when we have some holidays available. In India, the weather in June is too hot and humid, and we wanted to know whether it is the same in Singapore as well.

    Please give some idea of what the weather in Singapore in June is like, so we know what to expect.
     


  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello, @Deb, welcome to the forum!

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    (Images from Wikipedia, Koshy Koshy and Pixabay)

    Overview

    Generally, Singapore has a warm and humid all-year round, owing to its location near the equator. Unlike India, which has extreme climate variations in its different regions, Singapore has relatively the same climate in most of its regions. Temperatures in the country barely exceed 28°C with night time temperatures being lower. Perhaps the only distinction of the weather pattern of Singapore is the presence of rainfall throughout the year. Unlike other countries, seasons in Singapore are quite different too, it just has monsoon and inter-monsoon. Monsoon season can be divided into two, namely: the northeast monsoon, extending from December to March, and the southwest monsoon, extending from June to September. The periods between these monsoon seasons is known as the inter-monsoon seasons, which are from April to May and from October to November. And as you can see, June, is part of the southwest monsoon season, which we would further discuss below.

    Weather in Singapore in June

    As mentioned above, Singapore has two main monsoon seasons. Out of these two seasons, the northeast monsoon season is considered as the heavier and stronger monsoon season. The months of December and January have the highest rainfalls, as compared to the months for the rest of the year. The months of February and March see less of the rainfalls, often considered as the dry part of the season. The next months are the first inter-monsoon season, which occurs from April to May. By the month of June, the second part of the monsoon season occurs, the southwest monsoon season.

    Being a part of the southwest monsoon season, the prevailing winds during June are that of the south and southeastern origins. While part of the monsoon season, rain showers are not that long in duration, averaging a few minutes to an hour. They mostly occur during late mornings or late afternoons, with the latter being more prevalent. It's not unusual to experience rainfall every other day or so during the month of June as well. Rain fall is usually moderate to heavy, but do not last all day long.

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    Lightning Along Skyline (Image from Joost Rooijmans)

    Temperatures during the month of June remain relatively the same. Temperatures range between 25°C to 28°C, whereas humidity can still be felt. Humidity is usually the issue when in Singapore as it can contribute to the more uncomfortable feeling. And although cloud covers are frequent, it's still imperative to use sunblock as the sun's harmful rays can still pass through the cloud covers.

    Finally, the Sumatras, also known as squall lines, also occur during the month of June. Sumatras generally affect Singapore and also the Malaysian peninsula. Believed to originate from the Strait of Malacca, the Sumatras are a line of thunderstorms that bring intense rains and heavy dark cloud covers, along with heavy gusts of winds. The squall lines are usually formed overnight, so if you experience early morning rains, with the descriptions mentioned, including thunder and lightning, then it can be considered as a Sumatra.

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    Sumatra or Squall Line in Singapore (Image from Leone Fabre)

    By the end of the southwest monsoon, the inter-monsoon period occurs from October to November. This period, although rainfalls are less, still experiences moderate to heavy rain showers especially late in the afternoon. As compared to the previous inter-monsoon season, this is comparatively wetter and cooler.

    Is it a Good Time to Visit Singapore in June?

    Don't let the rain fall predictions lure you away from Singapore. This country can be visited all-year long, even at the peak of monsoon season. You can still enjoy sightseeing, even if June is part of the southwest monsoon season, as rain showers occur at the later part of the day. And even if you experience rainfall while sightseeing, chances are, it won't last more than a few minutes to an hour. If you particularly experience the Sumatra, just reach your hotel and wait for it to end before doing some sightseeing. The Sumatras or squall lines are the most dangerous aspect of the monsoon season in Singapore, as they can cause flooding and extreme weather disturbances. Just stay tuned to the news and listen to weather reports as there are daily variations to the weather conditions of Singapore.

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    East Coast Park in Singapore After Rain (Image from Jimmy Tan's Photo Gallery)

    What Should You Bring in June in Singapore?

    Sunblock and sunscreen are must brings as the sun's harmful rays can still pass through cloud covers during June. For unexpected rain showers, bring a small umbrella that can easily fit into your bag. When it does rain, wear waterproof shoes or boots, to protect your feet from getting wet. You can also bring flip flops as a backup, in case you're wearing ballet shoes or flats. For children, ensure that you have raincoats in your bag to help shield them from the rain. Caps and hats are very versatile too, they can shield you both from the rains and the sun rays. Wear light cotton clothes as humidity can take the best of you, especially if you come from a cooler country. If you can, bring a set of extra clothes, especially t-shirts for smaller children so that they can change when what they're wearing becomes drenched in sweat.

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    Rainy Day in Singapore (Image from Digital Pimp)

    Conclusion

    Singapore, an island country, can be visited all-year round. Be prepared for the wet and dry features of the country's climate and weather. Rainfalls are inevitable when you visit in June as it is part of the monsoon season. Fortunately, there are still interludes of sunshine, longer than the rainy episodes. Humidity is high all-year round and June isn't an exception. If you want to avoid the rains, the best months for that would be from February to March. The coolest months would be from December to January, but rainfalls are quite heavy during these months as well.

    I hope this helps you!
     

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