After record warm July, time to brace for occasional haze in August (TODAY Online)

The haze may affect Singapore, depending on the direction of the prevailing winds and locations of the fire.

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Expect an occasional haze in the first fortnight of this month, the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) warned, after hotspots with smoke plumes were observed in central Sumatra and southern Kalimantan in Indonesia in recent days.

In a weather update on Thursday (Aug 1), the MSS said that the haze may affect Singapore depending on the direction of the prevailing winds and locations of the fire.

As for the weather during the fortnight, it is forecast to be drier than that in the second half of July.

Despite the upcoming drier conditions, localised short-duration thundery showers may still be expected on four or five days in the late morning and early afternoon.

Sumatra squalls — a line of thunderstorms that develops at night over Sumatra or the Malacca Straits — are forecast to bring thundery showers and gusty winds in the morning on one to two days, with rainfall in the coming fortnight “likely to be well-below normal”, the MSS said.

The first fortnight of August is expected to be as warm as the last fortnight of July, with daily temperature set to range between 26°C and 33°C.

On some days, daily temperature could exceed 34°C.

“In addition, on some nights, warm and humid conditions with night-time minimum temperatures of around 28°C can be expected when prevailing winds blowing from the south-east bring in warm air from the surrounding seas,” the MSS said.

Looking back at July, the daily maximum temperature last month ranged between 28.7°C and 34.5°C.

“At the climate station in Changi, the monthly average temperature for July was 29°C,” the MSS noted.

This puts it as the second warmest July on record since temperature records began in 1929, it added.

The warmest was in July 2015, with an average temperature of 29.1°C.

Source: TODAY Online

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