Singapore’s climate can be difficult to adapt to for many expats from the Western world. If you’re used to your cold winters and mild summers, you might find it slightly alarming that the hot temperature and humidity in Singapore is pretty consistent all year round.

What is the climate like in Singapore?

Situated just north of the equator, Singapore is an island with a tropical climate. As such, you can expect hot and humid weather all year round, while there are two different monsoon seasons that Singapore experiences. The Northeast Monsoon from December to March, where heavy rain is common, and the Southwest Monsoon from June to September, famous for its short and unpredictable showers.

As a result, you can expect a hot and humid climate all year round, with sporadic rain showers part and parcel of life in Singapore. Here are a few things you can do to better acclimatise to the weather as an expat.

Dress appropriately

It might come as no surprise that living in a place with a different climate to your home country requires a different wardrobe. Opting for lighter colours and tones will help, while the thinner and looser your clothes, the breezier they are.

It can be difficult working in business attire if you work in the city, which is why choosing formal shirts made from cotton or linen will help to make your uniform feel more breathable and cool you down quicker.

Drink plenty of water

This one is about as obvious as they come and is something you’ve no doubt been told on a weekly basis. Even so, drinking plenty of water is integral to staying healthy and hydrated in a hot climate.

It’s recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day (2 litres) to ensure you don’t become dehydrated.

Never leave the house without an umbrella

Another painfully obvious tip, however one that can easily be forgotten in the mad morning rush to get to work. However, in a city like Singapore where a torrential downpour can start in mere seconds, your outfit and hair can be ruined before you have time to curse your lack of umbrella.

Choose the right beauty products

It’s worth knowing that deodorant, perfume and aftershave will wear off faster in the higher temperatures of Singapore than they would in foggy London or the US. That’s why you should always remember to bring a spare with you in the form of a small travel bottle or roll-on stick.

If you wear make-up on a regular basis, you ought to try switching to waterproof or smudge-proof products otherwise the heavy rain and high temperatures could cause it to run.

Embrace the shopping mall

Shopping malls are hugely popular in Singapore, having become social hubs for locals to meet up and spend time together. However, it also makes perfect sense to spend more time in these air-conditioned venues during a particularly hot day, especially when feeling overheated.

You could spend your next lunch break at a restaurant, cafe or food and drink outlet inside one of Singapore’s many shopping malls or pass the time on a scorching Saturday doing your shopping or going to the cinema.


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