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The Meteorological Service Singapore said on Friday that brief thundery showers are expected to bring some respite from the June heat in the second half of the month. In a media advisory, the authorities said that six to eight days of short thundery showers can be expected mostly in the late morning and afternoon.

Between the pre-dawn hours and morning on one or two days, the authorities expect wide-spread thundery showers with occasional gusty winds.

However, the Met Service said rainfall for June is nevertheless likely to be below normal, and the daily maximum temperature could still reach a high of around 35°C on a few days. But, on most of the days, the daily temperature is forecast to range between 25°C and 34°C.

Singapore saw dry and warm conditions, particularly in the first week of June. On June 5, the highest daily maximum temperature of 34.9°C logged at Chua Chu Kang. It was hot at night as well on most days, the Changi climate station logged night-time temperatures between 25.8°C and 28.3°C. It was quite above the long-term climatological June mean minimum temperature of 25.4°C.

According to Met Service, the warm nights were due to warm and humid air over the sea being blown towards land by the prevailing winds. Most parts of Singapore saw below-normal rainfall in the first half of June, with the Changi area receiving the lowest rainfall of 8.6mm, which was 87 per cent below average.

In the Chua Chu Kang area, the rainfall was highest with logging rate at 116.3mm of rain - 36 per cent above average.