Temperatures rising – least till next week
|By Tania Tan and Tessa Wong|
TEMPERATURES here hit a scorching 34 deg C on Tuesday, and the heat is not likely to let up until well into next week, when light winds may provide some relief.
The mercury peaked at about 3pm, the second time this month temperatures have hit that high, and just 0.1 degrees Celcius shy of the 34.1 deg C recorded in the first week of the month.
While the National Environment Agency (NEA) could not give details, checks on international weather websites, including the United Nations World Meteorological Organisation, confirmed that temperatures hit 34 deg C on Tuesday.
According to the US-based Weather Underground, May has also been the hottest month so far this year for Singapore, with an average temperature of 31 deg C.
May is traditionally the second hottest month of the year, with average temperatures usually falling between 24.7 and 31.6 deg C.
A few more hot days, with intermittent showers, are expected until the final week of May, NEA stated in its fortnightly forecast.
Whether this month will set a new record for the highest extreme monthly temperature ever remains to be seen. That record was set in May 2005, when temperatures hit 35.4 deg C.
But even without setting records, the current heat has sent thermostat settings down, and while takings for many alfresco businesses have not gone down, complaints have been streaming in.