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Rain, rain will go away

Singapore will face significantly below-average rainfall this month and next.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said yesterday that the Republic has been experiencing fewer rain days since mid-January, with the onset of the dry phase of the north-east monsoon.

There is low rainfall forecast for the rest of the month, bringing January's total to below average. The same is expected for next month.

From Jan 1 to Jan 21, the total rainfall averaged across rainfall stations islandwide was 83.7mm.

Less rain this time

At the Changi climate station, rainfall of 79.6mm was recorded, which is significantly below the long-term average of 242.4mm for January, reported The Straits Times online.

The average daily temperature over the same period was comparable to that of recent years.

The dry phase is not likely to be as protracted as it was during the same time last year.

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