The Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) revealed a new update saying 2016 has been the hottest year on record globally and for Singapore as well. As of Dec 29, the mean annual temperature recorded at the Changi climate station is 28. 4 deg C, exceeding the present record of 28.3 deg C set in 1997, 1998 and 2015.
A MSS spokesman referred to the weather phenomenon associated with prolonged warmer weather in this part of the world and told The Straits Times: "Temperatures soared in the first half of 2016 due to the effects of a very strong El Nino."
"The temperatures remained well above the long-term average for the rest of the year. New monthly records for the hottest January, April and August were set in 2016," he added.
In a media advisory, the Met Service said a "very strong" El Nino caused temperatures to soar in the first half of 2016 and temperatures remained "well above the long-term average for the rest of the year".
According to the Met Service, new monthly records for the hottest January, April and August were also created in 2016.
However, the reports said that rain is expected for the first two weeks of 2017. But it is likely to be wet compared to the rainy weather that was experienced in the past two weeks.
Over the next fortnight, thundery showers are still expected mostly in the afternoon on five to seven days. It could also extend into the evening on a few days. The Met Service added that the amount of rainfall for the first half of January is expected to be slightly below normal.
During the first fortnight of 2017, the daily maximum temperature on most days is forecast to be around 32°C or 33°C. However some nights are expected to be cooler with the daily minimum temperature ranging between 23°C and 24°C.