Strong winds

Strong winds have been blowing this past month, and while waiting along the road with a friend for a pickup, a friend from northern China said she was reminded of home as we waited in the coolness overlooking the sports field, while the winds hid her face with her billowing hair.


“Usually the Northeast Monsoon months of December and January are the cooler months of the year with average highest temperature of 29.9 deg C as compared to 31.5 deg C in the months of April and May, and with average minimum temperature of 23.1 deg C in Dec and Jan as compared to 24.3 deg C in the months of April and May.

The early part of the Northeast monsoon (months of December and January) is usually characterised by generally cloudy and windy conditions with rain periods lasting for 2 to 3 days at a stretch.

The cool north-east winds which blow over Singapore during this time of the year originate from the cold winter conditions of the interior of the Asian continent.

It might have been a bit of home that she felt.

One thought on “Strong winds

  1. Today, 16 Jan 2009


    Sufian Suderman

    ONE person said it has become so difficult to play tennis, while another
    is putting off plans to go on a picnic. Singapore Polytechnic has even
    decided, for safety reasons, to take down two banners after one was blown

    Some feathers have certainly been ruffled by the winds in Singapore this
    week. In a country where the average wind speed is around 15 to 20
    kilometres per hour, it has reached the time of the year when that figure
    goes up to 30 to 40 kmh.

    Yesterday and on Wednesday, when this newspaper checked the National
    Environment Agency’s website, which lists a range of forecasts such as
    fair, cloudy and rain, there was only one outlook for all five districts
    and 45 town areas — windy.

    And while strong winds are not uncommon when there are thunderstorms, it
    has been “generally fair” with rainfall “below average across the whole
    island”, noted the NEA on its website.

    That has been good news for event coordinator Michelle Ting, 19, who told
    Today: “I think it’s awesome. I don’t mind going out more even though it’s
    sunny, as it’s not so hot.” Others, though, who prefer the sunnier side of
    Singapore have lamented that it’s as cold outdoors as it is in their

    Temperatures have dropped to lows of 24°C and will stay that way,
    according to the NEA’s latest three-day outlook. In its fortnightly
    outlook, which it posted yesterday, the NEA said: “Moderate North-east
    Monsoon conditions should continue to prevail with Singapore experiencing
    occasionally windy conditions.”

    During this period, showers with thunder in the afternoon can be expected
    on four to five days, while stronger north-east winds may bring moderate
    to occasionally heavy rain on two to three days.

    The agency told Today that between December to March, stronger winds over
    the South China Sea and parts of the region are caused when “occasional
    surges of cold air” head this way from northern China. “The impact of the
    high pressure system is windy conditions across the island as we have been
    having the past couple of days,” said the NEA.

    In Thailand, the cold snap has been severe and news reports on Wednesday
    said temperatures have fallen to 2°C in the north, killing five
    people and prompting the authorities to declare an emergency zone across
    half the country.

    In Singapore, some say they are falling ill. “As it is sometimes hot and
    sometimes cold, I had a sore throat and my daughter had high fever,” said
    housewife Maimunah A Hamid, 56.

    But for the most part, the weather has been a light-hearted topic of
    discussion. Operations assistant Haslinda Md Yasin, 33, said she is
    pleased that the wind is drying her laundry faster than usual.

    Marketing executive Jasmine Yuan, meanwhile, told Today: “The winds are
    crazy. We were walking for a bit outdoors and our hair is being messed up
    .. Until the winds improve, I’ll not do my hair.”

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