When to go to Singapore?

Singapore has a hot and humid climate year-round, the temperature is fairly constant over the year (between 73°F and 88°F, or 23°C and 31°C). The best time to visit Singapore is from June to September, when the temperature increases a bit, but this is the time of the year when the least rain and the lowest humidity is reported. Around July you can normally find the best shopping bargains in Singapore.

There is a short 'rainy' season with daily rain showers from November to January, if you are flexible in traveling dates, it can be wise to avoid this period.

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The best time to visit Singapore

The best time to go to Singapore is during the months of June to September, with September being the absolute best month to visit Singapore. This is the period with the lowest amount of rain and humidity, although, the temperature goes up a bit.

A large number of exhibitions, musical soirees, and fashion events get organized in the month of June. The events include the ‘Island Nation’ show, the ‘Deep’ exhibition, the Singapore International Festival of Arts, Musical extravaganzas and ballet. The great Singapore sale starts in the month of May and stretches across June until it ends in July.

The mid-autumn ‘Harvest Festival’ takes place in August, or September when moon cakes and Chinese lanterns are the main attractions. The ‘Hungry Ghost’ Festival, that gets held in honor of the dead, takes place in the month of August.

The neutral months to visit Singapore

The neutral months to visit Singapore are the months of February to May and October. Singapore is just 137 km, or 85 miles north of the equator. Due to this location, the average temperature during this period remains around the annual average of 81 °F, or 27 °C, there is very little rainfall. The temperature in the early morning can go down to 75 °F, or 24 °C.

The ‘Vesak day’ gets celebrated by the Buddhists in May. Singapore’s fashion fiesta gets celebrated during the middle of May.

Better not to go to Singapore

If you are flexible in traveling dates, it can be wise to avoid visiting Singapore during the months November to January, when the North East monsoon is at its peak.

Singapore faces two monsoons: the Southwest monsoon and the Northeast monsoon. The Northeast monsoon arrives in the country at the beginning of November and brings more rain to the country. The monsoon can stay in the country up to the middle of March. It sometimes rains heavily during this period and the rain may persist for longer periods, than in other parts of the year. Sometimes the rain comes down very heavily and stops all of a sudden. Wind speeds are light, but the incessant rain can confine a person indoors for a long time. Floods may also occur at this period of the year throwing travel plans out of gear.

The Southwest monsoon hits during the month of June and stays up to September. Surprisingly the temperature during this period is the highest, and it creates high humidity in the atmosphere. Another surprising fact is that there is minimum rainfall during this time, as the rain bearing clouds from the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal release their water on the land long before reaching this country.

The ‘Thaipusam festival’ is held by the Hindus in the middle of January. Also, the Pongal (harvest festival) gets held during this time.

The Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year), is in the month of January and February and lasts for almost fifteen days. If you want to visit Singapore during this time of the year, make sure that you book your accommodation well in advance.

Weather and seasons of Singapore

Unlike the weather that prevails in European and many other countries, the weather in Singapore does not have distinct seasons like spring, summer, autumn or winter. Rather, it is divided into summer and rainy seasons. There is no winter season as the average temperature is around 81 °F, or 27 °F. It does not change much throughout the year and may come down by a few degrees to 74 °F, or 24 °C.

The climate of Singapore is tropical in nature and the days are typically hot and humid. Relative humidity hovers around 90 percent at night and in the early hours of the morning. The daily average is 84 percent, while it never goes below 60 percent even during a parched day. Rains are heaviest during the months of November, December and January when the Northeast monsoon hits the country. There may be short and sharp showers during the months of June, July, August and September when the Southwest monsoon arrives in the country.

April is the warmest month, January is the coolest month and November and December are reported as the wettest months of Singapore.

The weather overview pictures below (both °F and °C) perfectly show the fairly constant temperature year-round. You can also clearly see the peak in precipitation amount between November and January.

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Best time to visit specific highlights of Singapore

Singapore is a city-state that is 42 kilometers wide from the eastern coast to the western coast and 23 kilometers in length for its northern coast to the southern coast. The dimensions of the country make it very easy to see all the places of interest within a span of a few days. The highlights of Singapore are discussed below:

  • Arab Quarter: the picture of shops selling Persian carpets, leather goods, jewellery, perfumes, and baskets will remain forever in your memory. You can easily get cajoled into buying articles before you know it. Coming here in the months of February to October is a good idea. As this area is within the city limits, you can take the risk of visiting this area during the rainy months of November, December and January.
  • Botanical Garden: the botanical garden, founded in 1859, represented the green portion of Singapore’s landscape. You can visit this lush green at any time of the year. Only the rainy season can be a problem, when it rains very heavily.
  • Colonial era district: this area is located in the north of the mouth of the Singapore River where the British had first set their feet. The “Padang” or “The Field” reminds every one of the early British rule. It is huge open are left as it is even today where the early settlers played football, cricket and had morning and evening walks. This field is the centerpiece that gets surrounded by towers of “Marina Bays Sands and the “Financial District” on the south. The “Esplanade” in the northeastern side and “Theaters on the Bay” can also be enjoyed here. Other places that might interest a tourist are the National and Peranakan museums, the “Fort Canning Park”, St Andrew’s Cathedral and the Armenian Church. The best time to visit is the months stretching from July to September.
  • Financial Hub: the financial district, was known as the CBD or the Central Business District. This are developed after the marshy land was reclaimed and was made fit for constructing buildings. Most of the banks and shipping offices are located here with warehouses taking up the waterfront of a busy port. You can come here any time of the year, provided you are ready for the wet days during the rainy months.
  • Marina Bay: it is an audacious and vibrant piece of architecture that has permanently changed the skyline of the city. A fresh water reservoir has been created by sealing off the basins of the Kallang and Singapore Rivers. The Marina Bay Sands casino with its rooftop restaurants is the main building in the area. The Gardens by the Bay extravaganza and the Arts complex at Theaters by the Bay are the added attractions of this place. You can pay a visit to this place at any time of the year except the rainy months.
  • Orchard road: long ago, the business merchants used to stroll along the nutmeg lined road as they discussed among themselves. Today it is an area where you can find shopping malls, bars, restaurants, and hotels. Coming here is possible throughout the year. Your plans to go the other places may get disrupted by the rains in November, December, and January.

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  • Drugs (trafficking): please, be aware that Singapore globally has one of the toughest penalties related to drugs using and trafficking.
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