Have you realized that it has been pretty cold and wet recently in Southeast Asia? It’s quite odd, seeing that we live in a part of the world that’s usually pretty hot.
Well, if you love the cold weather, you’re in for a treat.
Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said that for the next two weeks, we would see more rainfall than the first half of July 2020.
“The monsoon rain band is forecast to remain over the equatorial Southeast Asia region in the next two weeks,” said MSS in a July 16 advisory.
“This is expected to bring short-duration moderate to heavy thundery showers between the late morning and afternoon on many days, and may extend into the evening on a few of these days.”
They also added that we could expect thundery showers for the next few nights. Widespread windy showers are also expected in the morning on the last two days of July.
Temperatures in Southeast Asia have stayed low in the past few days. Malaysia saw a drop to 24 degrees Celsius. Singapore’s lowest was 25 degrees Celsius. Many other Southeast Asian countries have also been experiencing temperatures in the low 20s.
But while the cold weather is a welcome sight, the MSS warned that even with the predicted showers, citizens can still expect to see fluctuation in temperatures ranging from 34 degrees Celsius on one or two days, and as low as 22 degrees Celsius on rainy days.
Some people are worried that the change in weather is related to climate change. But Matthias Roth, a climatologist from the National University of Singapore told Channel News Asia that it’s part of a natural variability due to strong solar heating on the Earth’s surface.
The Sumatra Squalls and converging winds also contributed to more rainfall.
However, Roth warned that if it continues in July, there’s a high chance of flash floods in low-lying areas.
So best to enjoy this pleasant change in weather while it lasts.