The mercury in Singapore hit 37 degrees Celsius on Saturday (May 13), matching a 40-year record for the highest daily maximum temperature, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said.
The 37 degrees Celsius, registered in Ang Mo Kio, coincides with the mark established on April 17, 1983, registered in Tengah.
It’s also the highest daily temperature for the month of May, breaking the previous May high of 36.7 degrees Celsius at Admiralty last year.
Singapore’s temperature records began in 1929.
In a Facebook post, NEA added that several places in Singapore recorded temperatures above 36 degrees Celsius on Saturday.
A small respite is expected, at least through the weekend, and hot and dry conditions are forecast to continue into Sunday. Short-duration showers, which may help moderate the warm temperatures, are also expected next week, the NEA said.
Two weeks ago, the agency said temperatures were “unlikely” to hit 40 degrees Celsius. The statement was in response to a text message purporting to warn Singaporeans of a possible incoming heat wave of 40-50 degrees Celsius.