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When to travel to Singapore

Singapore's climate

Singapore is located very close to the equator, which means it has a very warm climate. The temperature here rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius, with average daytime temperatures hovering around 33 degrees Celsius. It is marginally cooler in December and January, but only by one or two degrees, so it's not really noticeable.

While it is very warm and often sunny, Singapore is also wet - it experiences rain throughout the year, although often these are little more than heavy showers, after which the sun comes out again. The north-east monsoon occurs between November and January and this is when the most rain typically falls.

May, June and July are usually the driest months although, as we've mentioned, there can be showers at any time. The rainfall means that Singapore is a humid environment and it can therefore feel much warmer than it actually is.

The evenings are pleasant and balmy in terms of the temperature, with the mercury rarely dropping below the mid-20s during the night.

When's best to travel?

There is no bad time to travel to Singapore, with the country always warm and often sunny. However, if you want to avoid the heaviest and most prolonged downpours, it's best to travel outside of the north-east monsoon season that runs between November and January.

Other than that, there are few considerations weather-wise when it comes to deciding when to book a holiday to Singapore.

Do remember that the city has a vast array of attractions - indoors and outdoors - so there will be plenty to keep you occupied during any showers you may encounter, as well as ample opportunities to soak up some sunshine on Singapore's beaches or while you're exploring its stunning gardens.

Unmissable festivals

As it's such a multicultural society, there are always exciting events happening in Singapore, although some are, naturally, more spectacular than others. The following are just a few of the highlights in the city's packed calendar:

  • Chinese New Year

    Although the exact date of this festival changes each year, you can guarantee that the streets of Chinatown will be buzzing throughout January and February. Red lanterns hang everywhere and there are a host of parades and shows planned throughout the course of the festivities.

  • Hungry Ghost Festival

    This is another event marked by Singapore's Chinese community, usually throughout August. During the month-long festival, locals make offerings - often in the form of food - and incredible shows are put on to entertain the spirits that are believed to return from the afterlife at this time. It's fascinating to watch, but make sure you don't sit in the front row of seats, as these are reserved for the ethereal visitors.

  • Deepavali

    Held towards the end of the year, Deepavali - or the Festival of Lights - is one of the most important for Singapore's Indian community. Little India is the place to come to soak up the atmosphere, sample delicious food and have your hands painted with henna designs.

  • Thaipusam

    This is an important Hindu festival that is held in mid-January each year. During the event, devotees carrying offerings follow a 4.5 km long route through the city - a fantastic spectacle. It's a very spiritual ritual and one that is incredible to behold.

Public holidays in Singapore

In addition to the festivals, there are also numerous public holidays that you should be aware of. As Singapore has such a diverse population, there are days off for religious festivals from many faiths. Christmas and Easter are marked by the Christian community, for instance, while Eid el Fitr at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan is also observed.

We've already mentioned the main Chinese and Indian festivals above, while the Buddhist holiday of Vesak Day is another one that's marked in the city state.

National Day, held on 9th August each year, is one of the few secular public holidays and it marks Singapore's independence. There are parades throughout the city, Singapore flags flutter from all the buildings and everyone from all of the country's varied backgrounds joins in the fun.

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