Is it true that Singapore's temperature is expected to soar to 40 deg C in the next few days?

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This is not true. NEA is aware of a message circulating via text messaging and social media platforms which claims that temperatures are expected to soar to 40 degrees Celsius in the coming days, resulting in a possible heatwave leading to dehydration and sun stroke.

These claims are untrue.

The Meteorological Service Singapore issued an advisory on 15 March 2016 stating that the second half of March 2016 is expected to be drier and warmer than that experienced in the first fortnight of the month.

During this period, the daily maximum temperatures are expected to range between 33 degrees Celsius and 34 degrees Celsius, and could reach a high of around 36 degrees Celsius on a few days.

The warmer conditions that we are experiencing are due the continuing influence of the El Nino and the presence of a dry and warm air mass over the region.

The occurrence of the equinox1 is another contributing factor to the warm temperatures during this time of the year.

Despite the drier conditions, short-duration thundery showers in the afternoon on four to six days can still be expected over parts of Singapore, due to strong solar heating of land areas and convergence of winds in the surrounding vicinity.

For official and authoritative information on weather conditions, the public should refer to NEA.

For updates of the daily weather forecast, please visit our MSS website, or download the myENV app.

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