Extreme weather patterns

Extreme weather patterns
Pedestrians attempting to cross a flooded pathway along Arumugam Road.

SINGAPORE - We look back on the top stories of the year. In the last of the series, we focus on the weather stories that had us scurrying for cover.

And nobody buys the 'once-in-50-years' line any more... If things are not cold and wet, then they are hot, hot, hot.

Oh the weather outside is frightful.

But the fires (in Indonesia) are not delightful.

This has been a year when Singaporeans experienced extremes in the environment - not just in temperatures, but also air quality.

This month, the National Environment Agency predicts the island will experience up to 30 per cent more rainfall than previous Decembers.

In some parts of the island, especially neighbourhoods in the north-east, rainfall this month is predicted to almost double.

All around the world, weather patterns have been swinging from one extreme to another.

It snowed in northern Vietnam earlier this month - a rare occurrence, but the snowfall was about 5cm thick.

Britain has also been inundated by heavy rain, with floods and power cuts ensuring residents there did not have a cheery - or warm - Christmas.

And who can forget Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippines' deadliest typhoon, which killed more than 6,000 people and left another 2,000 missing?

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