- POSTED: 29 Jan 2014 19:20
NEA said slight haze may occur under light wind conditions on a few mornings. The cool daily minimum temperature is expected to increase slightly to around 23.5 degrees Celsius.
SINGAPORE: The current dry and occasionally breezy weather is expected to continue for the next one to two weeks.
In a statement on Wednesday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said slight haze may occur under light wind conditions on a few mornings.
The cool daily minimum temperature is expected to increase slightly to around 23.5 degrees Celsius, which is the long-term average for January and February.
NEA said Singapore is currently in the dry phase of the Northeast Monsoon season, typically characterised by drier and cooler weather and generally windy conditions.
This dry phase has set in earlier than usual this year, leading to fewer rain days and significantly lower rainfall this month.
The last few weeks have also been marked by a spell of cooler-than-normal minimum temperatures.
Since January 14 this year, daily minimum temperatures of between 21 and 22 degrees Celsius were recorded in various parts of the island.
The cooler-than-normal temperatures are due to a surge of cold winds from a high pressure system over China, blowing towards Singapore and the region.
Singapore last experienced a similar spell of cool minimum temperatures during the Northeast Monsoon in early 2009.
The rainfall total for this month so far has ranged from 20 to 125 millimetres across the island, which is 45 to 90 per cent below the long-term average.
At the Changi climate station, 75.4 millimetres of rainfall and five rain days were recorded over this period, compared to the long-term average rainfall of 242.3 millimetres and 15 rain days for January.
For the Lunar New Year holiday period, the weather is expected to be fair and occasionally windy, with the daily temperature ranging between 23 and 31 degrees Celsius.