Scorching days and thundery showers ahead

Scorching days and thundery showers ahead

CARRY an umbrella to shield yourself from the heat and showers over the next two weeks.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in its latest forecast yesterday that the temperature here is expected to hit about 34 deg C on a few warm days in the first half of this month. This is higher than the long-term average daily maximum of 31.3 deg C for the month.

The agency added that short thundery showers due to the strong solar heating of land areas are likely on five to seven days, mostly in the late morning and early afternoon.

Also, thundery showers with gusty winds are expected on one to two days in the pre-dawn hours and morning.

The NEA also predicted slight haze on a few days, particularly in the early morning, due to the accumulation of particulate matter under light winds.

Scorching temperatures in the past few days have sent people seeking shade.

Restaurants told The Straits Times that more customers have been avoiding their al fresco sections, even if it means waiting for up to 45 minutes for indoor seats.

Mr Andy Ng, 25, the restaurant manager of Grub at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, plans to bring in two standing fans to cool his outdoor seating section. Four ceiling fans have already been installed in the area. "We have seen more people wanting to sit indoors. It has come to the point where people would rather be put on a waiting list... even though the outdoor seating area is empty," he said.

Doctors said people should keep themselves hydrated in the hot weather. Parents should also make sure their young children take regular breaks in the shade if they are playing outdoors.

Additional reporting by Feng Zengkun

This article was first published on June 3, 2015.
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