SINGAPORE: The weather in Singapore was chillier than usual on Friday (Jan 12) as the National Environment Agency (NEA) warned of a monsoon surge affecting the South China Sea and its surrounding region.
Temperatures in Ang Mo Kio and Pulau Ubin dipped below 22 degrees Celsius, while other parts of Singapore also experienced temperatures of below 23 degrees Celsius, according to data from the Meteorological Service Singapore at 7.07am.
As of 4pm, the lowest temperature recorded was 21.4 degrees Celsius at Jurong West. The highest temperature was 24.7 degrees Celsius at Sentosa, said NEA in an update.
NEA forecast on Wednesday that the monsoon surge will persist over the next few days, during which windy conditions with periods of moderate to heavy rain, at times with thunder, are expected over Singapore.
Temperatures are expected to range between 22 degrees Celsius and 28 degrees Celsius during this period. However, the rainy weather is expected to gradually ease over the weekend, said NEA.
On Thursday, the mercury hit a low of 21.6 degrees Celsius at Jurong West, and temperatures fell to 21.9 degrees Celsius in Ang Mo Kio and Admiralty at 10.30pm.
Singapore has in the past five years experienced weather as chilly as this: 21.2 degrees Celsius in 2016 and 20 degrees Celsius in 2013.
It has been cool and wet over the past few days, with the heavy downpour causing flash floods in parts of eastern Singapore on Monday. In the Kim Chuan Road area, about half of Singapore's average monthly rainfall in January fell in just four hours.
On Thursday, the mercury fell to 21.9 degrees Celsius in Ang Mo Kio and Admiralty at 10.30pm, according to the Met Service.