According to latest statistics from the National Environment Agency, the month of February in 2014 was the driest since 1869. Rainfall was ranged from 0.2mm to 81mm across Singapore. Well below past monthly averages of around 161mm. Concurrently, February was the coldest month in the last 30 years, with average wind speeds recording 13.3km/h
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Haze + No rain. Probably one of the worst weather combinations ever. It has been an exceptionally dry month, with close to no rainfall. The grass is turning brown and I am beginning to get a little worried. Although Dr Balakrishnan did assure us that there are enough water supplies to last us for some time, I am still hesitant given that I still see an acute wastage of water.
I applaud the town councils that have chosen to suspend block washings and public area cleanings. Indeed, a dirty estate beats a lack of clean water. It's saddening though, to read in the papers that many Singaporeans are still not feeling the urgency to save water and to cut down on usage. Perhaps we need water rationing exercises or a real emergency before we will finally take action.
On the bright side, this has taught me some new water saving habits! I don't leave the tap running while showering now. The government has also taken the opportunity to educate its citizens on good water habits. Let's just hope that it rains soon, takes the heat and haze away and turn Singapore green again!
The month of February is a month in which Singapore temporarily becomes a brown city instead of its famed title of being a Green City. Everywhere I see, trees and plants were a mere shadow of themselves as they slowly wilted away due to the lack of water.
There are good points and bad points to the dry weather. As its always good to break the bad news first before comforting you with the good news, I shall extrapolate the bad experiences of a typical Singaporean marvelling at the extent of such dry weather.
In my opinion, the hot weather bodes ill for Singapore's water supplies. With water becoming more and more of an issue, there was a need to cut down on its use. You may think it doesn't really affect you, but feel my shock when I realised the water cooler in camp stopped working and I had an unhappy afternoon subsisting on sticky soft drinks when all I want was a draught of cold water. Moreover, it was extremely easy to find yourself getting sweaty and sticky easily, especially after 9am in the morning.
On a positive note, sunny days mean that plans won't be affected by rainy weather. Moreover, it was extremely pleasant to go for swims especially in the afternoons, one of the rare joys in life indeed! Moreover, the cold nights that followed was amazing, with me sleeping like a baby through the night.
Lets hope it'll rain soon!