The island nation of Singapore is a fascinating cross-section of the Asian world, and a tremendously popular tourist destination for people who want the exotic experience of Asia, but without the alienating or challenging task of trying to get by in rural China or Japan. Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate, with very little variation in temperatures throughout the year, and no distinction between the four seasons. The slightly wetter monsoon season runs from November to January, while the hottest time to visit would be April or May. The entire year in Singapore is relatively the same, high humidity, high temperatures, and plenty of rainfall!
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Summer in Singapore, just like all the other seasons, is smoking hot and wet, although summer is technically the driest season of the year. If you plan your trip in the summer months, expect an average of 13 days per month of precipitation and a damp humidity level of 83%.
The average mean temperature of summer in Singapore is an overnight low of 24.6C (76F) and a daytime high leveling out at 31C (88F).
With the overwhelmingly stable temperature levels throughout the year in Singapore, the only real difference between the seasons is the amount of rainfall. Therefore, most activities can be enjoyed in any season, but there are a few season-specific events you won’t want to miss. Summer in Singapore offers visitors the chance to see the Singapore Arts Festival, celebrating local dancers, musicians, artists, and performers of all styles in early June, and since food is one of the highlights of a visit to Singapore, the Singapore Food Festival in July is also something not to miss. Just as in all country’s the day on national independence is cause for a big celebration, so be prepared for a city-wide party on August 9th, if you are traveling near the end of the summer season. If you are travelling with kids, the summer months are good to see the Singapore Zoo, one of the best rainforest climate zoos in the world. For a classier evening for adults only, take a moonlit walk through the Gardens by the Bay, and then dine at one of the exclusive restaurants that have been popping up in that area by world-renowned chefs. A top recommendation is the Singaporean branch of Pollen Street Social, the famed restaurant based in London. Summer in Singapore has countless options for food, drinks, and outdoor entertainment, as long as you know where to look!
As stated before, there are no seasons in Singapore, only gradations in rainfall. Autumn in Singapore, September-November, marks the beginning of the wet, monsoon season. Typically September and some of October are normal, but November can be predominantly wet for visitors, so plan accordingly.
The average mean temperature for autumn in Singapore is an overnight low of 24C (75F), which is balance by a daytime high average of 31C (88F).
Visitors who choose to enjoy autumn in Singapore have a great chance to see one of Singapore’s newest attractions, the Singapore Grand Prix, which only began in 2008. You can see some of the world’s most talented drivers maneuver and speed through the streets of Singapore in September! The main event in autumn is the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Lantern Festival, a month-long celebration of the Harvest, laden with thousands of years of tradition. It is a Chinese holiday, but since 75% of the population is Chinese, it is the biggest festival of the year. Enjoy the decorations, dancing, traditional food, and a mass parade holding lanterns on your way to eating mooncakes in the heart of Chinatown! The autumn months, considering they are so damp, provide a good chance to check out some of the indoor activities of Singaporean culture. The Esplanade, a performing arts center built in front of the Marina Square, is home to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and is a marvel of architecture and modern style. For some fitness fun, try the unique style of yoga popular in Singapore, called Floating Yoga. It consists of doing normal yoga poses with a small hammock acting as a trapeze to support your body. Good Luck! Another great way to escape the rainy weather and still luxuriate on your vacation is to find one of the many spas throughout Singapore for a day of pampering and perfectionism. The Spa Botanica at the Sentosa Resort is considered one of the best all-around spas, although it is quite pricey, while the Ikeda Spa is similar to a Japanese onsen (hot spring spa) for a simpler afternoon of relaxation.
The winter season is barely discernible from autumn. The temperature remains the same, and the wet monsoon season continues through January. Winter in Singapore is still a wonderful time to visit the city, and there is much to do and see.
The average mean temperature for a Singaporean winter is an overnight low of 23.5C (74F) and a daytime high of 30.5C (86F).
The winter season offers much of the same opportunities for sightseeing as the other seasons, but the winter also has more seasonal activities than other times of the year! The M1 Singapore Fringe Festival opens its’ doors to modern ideas of creativity, writing, and performance art in January, so take a new look at modern art during that world-renowned festival. If art is not your favorite pastime, try something a bit more physical. The Urbanathalon is an intense, endurance testing, obstacle jumping, and rope-climbing test of your manhood. Make sure you sign up for this fun and demanding event, which takes place in February. Winter in Singapore has yet another masculine display of industry and strength, so score some great seats for the Singapore Airshow, which happens annually in February! For a more laid-back cultural experience, stroll the galleries of Singapore’s National Museum, which regularly holds large-scale exhibitions from museums and collections around the world, as well as shows of its’ own impressive private collection. With 75% of the population being Chinese, the Chinese New Year is always a huge celebration. The Float at Marina Bay is typically decorated and shown off in the days leading up to the huge event, and the Chingay Parade is a spectacle not to be missed by locals or foreign visitors and completes the array of festivities for the New Year in Singapore.
Spring in Singapore is the hottest time of the year, so while this encourages a lot of beach-goers and sunshine favoring tourists, it can be a bit too much for older visitors, or those who like the comfort of air-conditioning. Make sure to plan your activities near indoor spots, or at least choose less strenuous events during the middle of the day. It still rains consistently, approximately 14 days per month in the spring.
The average mean temperature for Singapore in spring is 24.5C (76F) and a daytime high of 31.6C (89F).
Spring in Singapore is the time for the beaches to fill back up. Despite being an island nation, Singapore is not known for its’ beaches, but the three beaches on Sentosa Island are world-class, and have beach sports, dance parties, and plenty of fun for the whole family. In that same vein of water entertainment, take a River Safari through 10 different freshwater habitats to see some truly unique zoo creatures, like anacondas, giant pandas, and arowandas! Some locals and tourists choose to get away from the main city and escape to more private islands in the spring. Two of the most popular destinations are Batam Island, famous for both its’ golf courses and its’ exclusive resorts, as well as the private island of Pulau Joyo, which offers real solitude and comfort. Private islands don’t come cheap though, so make sure you find one in your price range. Back in the main area, the I Light Marina Bay festival from March to April features massive, environmentally sustainable light installations all throughout the city, as a way to promote art and sensible environmental policies. For food lovers of all ages, Savour is the largest food festival in Singapore, and it takes place at the end of March. Finally, for those visitors who want to work off all the food they ate at the Savour Festival, sign up for OCBC Cycle Singapore, a three-day event for professional cyclists and amateurs, packed with races, demonstrations, activities, and lots of fun! Whatever you choose to do, spring in Singapore is a wonderful time to visit this island nation!
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