Climate of Singapore
Where is the country of Singapore located? Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign island country and city-state in maritime Southeast Asia. Singapore is located just above the equator and has a tropical climate. To be precise, the Köppen-Geiger climate classification concerns the tropical rainforest climate, which is classified as an Af climate. Temperatures rarely fall below 24 degrees at night and never exceed 36 degrees during the day. Due to the relatively high relative humidity and high temperatures, it always feels warm and clammy. What reinforces the feeling of warmth and stuffiness is the often virtually absence of wind. On many days, the average wind speed does not exceed wind force 1 or 2, which enhances the effect of the high temperatures and makes it more difficult for the body to dissipate heat through sweat. You will especially experience this if you want to exercise outside during the day. The best chance of some wind is along the waterfront, for example in the Singapore Marina and along the beaches on Sentosa Island. During the monsoon period (from November to January) there can be quite a lot of rain and it can be very muggy. The average relative humidity then rises to no less than 86.5 percent in December. Travelers to Singapore should therefore always have comfortable (cotton) clothing, good waterproof shoes and an umbrella in their travel luggage.
Constantly high temperatures
It’s always hot in Singapore. The average maximum temperatures in December and January are just above 30 degrees. These are the coolest months of the year. If you look at the average maximum temperature, April is the hottest month, with 32.3 degrees Celsius as the monthly average. If you use the average 24-hour temperature as a criterion, May and June are three tenths of a degree warmer than April at 28.3 degrees. The average bandwidth within which the maximum temperatures move is between 28 and 34 degrees. It doesn’t get hotter than 34 degrees that quickly. With an official afternoon temperature of 35 or 36 degrees, you approach the heat records for Singapore.
In Singapore, life without air conditioning is virtually impossible. In hotels and shopping centers it is often very fresh due to the air conditioning and the contrast with the outside temperature is quite high. If you stay inside a bit longer, you have to take this into account with regard to the choice of clothing. Our personal experience is that these differences are less pronounced here than we have experienced in some other hot and tropical destinations.
The Southeast Asia region is regularly hit by cyclones (hurricanes). Because of its location near the equator, Singapore never has to deal with cyclones directly. However, Singapore regularly suffers from tropical depressions, which can make it wet and gray for days. Especially towards the end of the year you notice that the number of gray days and the frequency of tropical rain showers in Singapore is increasing.
The tropical climate of Singapore includes precipitation, and in reasonable amounts. Singapore is, for example, more than twice wetter than an average location within the Netherlands or Belgium. Singapore’s long-term climate statistics show an average annual sum of almost 2200 millimeters of precipitation. That is almost always in the form of rain. Other forms of precipitation, such as snow or hail, rarely occur here, but it is not completely impossible. It is really much too hot for snowfall in tropical Singapore, but occasionally there is a hailstorm. It is quite rare though. Local media in Singapore, for example, reported in 2013 of hailstones the size of small pebbles falling from the sky during thunderstorms over western Singapore on June 25.
There is no sign of a significantly drier period in Singapore. The city-state does have a short monsoon period, in which there is about twice as much rain every month as in the other months. This rainy season lasts from November to January. It is striking that the following month of February is the driest month of the year. Much of the rain falls in the form of showers. These can be accompanied by severe thunderstorms.
Don’t pay too much for your hotel
In recent years, dozens of hotel booking sites have emerged that let you book hotels online in cities such as Singapore. Do you want to compare all providers in one go and find the cheapest room? Then go to Trivago Singapore. There you can immediately see per hotel, apartment, hostel and B&B where you can book the cheapest rooms for your travel dates at that time!
The figures below are based on long-term average climate statistics. The temperatures are displayed in degrees Celsius (°C).
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Best time to visit Singapore
Do you want to know when is the best time to travel to Singapore? You can determine the best time to travel to a destination based on the weather and climate. In addition, there are other factors that are not directly related to the weather and that can influence the best travel periods for a travel destination. Think, for example, of holidays or festive periods, which makes traveling more interesting or not, because daily life comes to a standstill as a result. The Republic of Singapore is a popular destination in Southeast Asia. This city-state is close to the equator. As a result, there is an equatorial climate which ensures that you always have to deal with tropical weather in Singapore. The weather is quite uniform throughout the year. There are some minor differences. Singapore is under the influence of a monsoon twice a year. The northeast monsoon manifests itself from November to early March. The southwest monsoon begins in June and lasts through September. The periods in between are often the warmest and most stuffy.
Best travel period
The best time to travel to Singapore is the month of February. This is the least wet and clammy month. It is then fine to hold out in Singapore. Another option is to travel to Singapore in the summer. The months of July and August are a good alternative. The same applies here as for February: less rain, less stuffy and wind chill temperatures that are slightly lower than the months before. Just as the best months for Singapore are still not great, the worst months are not so bad after all. What you always have to take into account is that it can always rain (and hard too), that it is always tropically hot and that the sun gets less space than you would like. By contrast, Singapore is well protected from tropical cyclones, which means that the city is almost never hit by a typhoon. Hurricane activity in the region can cause a few days of unpredictable weather with a lot of rainfall.
Sun holiday in Singapore
Most people visit Singapore in the form of a city trip. What not everyone knows is that you can also spend a beach holiday there. On Sentosa Island, located on the south side of the city, you can enjoy pleasant tropical beaches and great hotels. The best time to travel for a relaxing beach holiday in Singapore is from late January to mid-March and from late June to late August. In addition to the heat and the chance of showers, also take into account the enormously strong sun in this place. Always protect your skin from the harmful radiation, even if it is cloudy and you think there is no serious UV radiation.
Stopover op Singapore
Singapore is regularly used as a stopover destination on routes between Europe and the Far East and Oceania. Especially travelers on their way to Indonesia, Australia or New Zealand sometimes make a stopover of a few days in Singapore. Make sure you are prepared for that in terms of travel luggage. Airy light clothing, preferably made of cotton, is preferred. An umbrella is always handy to protect you from the rain. Another option is to bring a rain poncho. Good waterproof shoes are recommended, especially in the wetter periods.