Singapore is popular among tourists because of its constant state of summer! Unlike most of the world, Singapore has no seasons. This means you don’t have to worry about winter wear since it never snows.
Located near the equator, Singapore’s climate can be summarised by its high temperature, high humidity and plenty of rainfall. If you’re considering moving to this Garden City, here’s all you need to know about the weather in Singapore.
Summer all year round!
This country is located near the equated (137 kilometres, to be exact) and has a tropical climate. This means high temperatures, high humidity and plenty of rainfall all year round. This makes for a sweaty combination that Singaporeans often avoid by seeking shelter in air-conditioned buildings all across the island.
There’s often little to no variation of the temperature throughout the day. The average temperature is between 25°C. and 31°C., which is way hotter than what other global citizens are used to.
Besides having tropical weather, Singapore also experiences higher temperatures than the rest of the world. This is caused by the urban heat island effect. “Urban heat islands” happen when these tropical islands replace natural land and nature with tall buildings, concrete pavements and other urbanised buildings that absorb and retain heat. Building things like buildings and roads and getting rid of natural forests and water bodies significantly increases the temperature of the area.
Singapore also experiences no distinct seasons, the way visitors from temperate regions understand them. There’s no Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter like countries in temperate zones of the southern and northern hemispheres. Singapore’s “seasons” can be summed up as a dry season and wet season. The dry season is from March to August (with temperatures reaching a peak in April), and a wet season from September to February (with temperatures falling to an all-year-low in January).
Hottest – Eastern region
- Changi – 27.8°C.
- East Coast Parkway – 27.9°C.
- Paya Lebar – 28.0°C.
- Tai Seng – 28.1°C.
With a lack of snow and constant heat and humidity, many locals appreciate the rainy “wintertime”. The monsoon season is a break from the painstaking humidity that covers the island as a suffocating sauna might. You’ll usually see people whip out their stylish windbreakers and cardigans on a rainy day. So how cold does the weather in Singapore actually get?
Then, September to February is known as the wet season, also called monsoon season. During the wet season, the combination of heat and rain results in cool mornings and sticky, humid afternoons.
January has an average temperature of 24°C. In comparison, May has an average of 28°C. Trust the locals when they say those few degrees make a big difference.
Don’t feel embarrassed when you find anything below 26°C cold. No one will judge you for wearing a light cardigan or even a sporty windbreaker. Plus, you might even get surprisingly cold days in random parts of the year.
Climate appropriate attire
It’s time to break out those cut-off shorts and tank top! The weather in Singapore can be really hot. We advise packing mostly thin and light clothing that keeps you cool throughout the day. Hats, sunglasses and sunblock are also a must-have here in order to combat the effects of harmful UV rays.
Clothes in natural fibres will work better to keep you cool in the heat and it’s always a good idea to pack anything sweat-wicking so your body is always dry and cool. If you’re planning to visit very hot areas (think, a day’s hike out to the desert or national park), we recommend packing a thin shirt with long sleeves and a higher neckline to prevent sunburns.