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Best Time To Visit Singapore – The Lion City

Singapore weather, much like its people, is a fairly eclectic one! If you are planning to visit this Southeast Asian paradise anytime soon, we’re here to tell you when to do so. With things finally under control and the pandemic hopefully an unpleasant memory, we’re set to sail! It’s time we explored all the places we’ve been meaning to, and at the top of your list should be Singapore. 

This highly famed city stands true to its reputation; it’s a heady mix of culture, traditions, shopping, food and all the other good things. However, when’s the best time to visit this gorgeous lion city? 

Singapore Weather – Mostly Too Hot to Handle

Two words to start with – hot, humid. There’s an inside joke among the Singaporeans- their national outfit should have been a singlet, shorts, and slippers. However, this also works in the favour of Indian tourists; not only are we used to the heat and humidity, we thrive in it. This is second nature to us! 

The hottest area on this island is the main Singapore city, it can be a degree hotter than the other areas. The coldest temperature recorded was 19 degrees Celcius, and the hottest was 37 degrees Celcius. The lion city also experiences heavy rainfall through its monsoon (June to September, December to March) 

Cooler nights are experienced mainly in the Central-North, Warmer nights around the south-west and south-east. Cooler days can be experienced in the South Eastern parts of the island. 

Winter is usually a myth and a comical concept on this island, however, November and December do see slightly cooler weather. April is the ultimate month to visit the island if the beach is your priority! 

Singapore Weather and Seasons

As opposed to India, Singapore weather and seasons differs vastly. These fall under two categories – wet and dry. The dry season lasts from March to August, while the wet season can be experienced from September to February. 

Due to global warming and pollution, Singapore weather experiences random spikes in temperature, thus, the seasons and their duration are affected. Rainfall can be sudden and worrisome during the wet season, so it’s advisable to carry an umbrella, while the dry season will have you grinding your teeth in annoyance at the heat and humidity. Finding the right balance is the key to experiencing Singapore in its glory. 

Peak Season – December to June

The high season or the most eagerly awaited season falls between the start of December and lasts till June. Weather is relatively pleasant, you can catch a gorgeous tan at the beach, or just explore the city without having to worry about the moody Singaporean skies. January or February usually host the Chinese Lunar New Year, a gorgeous festival that has the lion city jam-packed with tourists and locals alike! Booking your tickets and stay in advance is highly recommended if you’re to experience this Singapore season.  Singapore does not have a specific ‘peak’ season as most countries do. The crowd swells or departs depending on the shopping or festive season. 

Shoulder Season – January to May

Singapore technically doesn’t have a shoulder season, however, mid-January to May is considered to be Singapore’s makeshift shoulder season. April is the perfect month to explore Singapore if you’re looking to avoid the heavy crowd of tourists and locals (Singapore has no public holidays in April, making the exploration easier.) 

Low Season – August to October

The low season can be favourable for you if you can dare face the brunt of Singaporean weather. August to October are usually the low season months for the Lion city, mid-September being the rare exception due to the Singapore Grand Prix. You’ll experience Singapore considerably more humid around these months, and of course, heavy rainfall might douse your spirits. However, negotiating for shopping and hotel rates are highly possible in Singapore’s low season. 

Curated by Yashodhaan Burange

Image Credits – Treksplorer, Straitstimes