Singapore In August: A Cultural Treat

There is so much more than those amazing gardens and diverse museums in Singapore. If you're planning a trip to Singapore in August, here's everything that you need to know so that you can make the most of your trip!

Weather in Singapore in August

The climate of Singapore is characterised as 'hot' and 'humid', and its tropical location, 1 degree north of the Equator causes the weather to be stable throughout the year. The temperature in August, thus, does not change much, though rainfall increases slightly from 155 mm in July to 171 mm in August. This month also falls in the Southwest monsoon period. Hence, you will experience windy weather, frequent but average rainfall, and some thunderstorms. Keep in mind that escaping rains in Singapore is quite tough as it showers almost every day, throughout the year.

Weather in August, Singapore in August

Average Temperature and Humidity

The month of August experiences an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day. Daytime temperature can go as high as 31 degrees Celsius, while at night, it rarely drops below 24 degrees Celcius; while the relative humidity ranges between an average maximum of 95 per cent to an average minimum of 65 per cent.   

Is it a good time to travel?

There are some reasons that make August one of the best months to visit Singapore. Let's start off with the average temperature and rainfall. Apart from that, no major holidays this month means less tourist traffic and more affordable prices. The first half of August is a shopaholic's dream as the Great Singapore Sale will be going on at that time. It doesn't end here, as a lot of festivals and events are celebrated and organized this month, which will not only give you a glimpse of the vibrant culture of Singapore but will also provide you with a chance to experience it yourself! Fascinating isn't it?!

Average temperature, Singapore in August

What to do and Where to go?

Even though August falls in the Southwest monsoon period, the temperature and rainfall do not increase drastically. Showers are everyday phenomena in Singapore, but you will definitely get enough sunny hours. Spend time on some stunning beaches like Siloso Beach and Palawan Beach in Sentosa Island which offers many water-based based activities, beach bars and kids' club, apart from a perfect spot to just chill and bathe under the sun. Take a stroll in the world-famous gardens of Singapore, like Gardens by the Bay and East Coast Park.

During the showers, visit museums of your choice as Singapore offers a huge diversity when it comes to museums, be it cultural or natural history; science or art; toys or even cats! Get to know about Singaporean people and culture deeply. Not to forget, Singapore is a shopper's paradise where you'll get all your favourite brands and exciting street shops, so shop away!

Events & Festivals in Singapore in August

1. National Day

National Day, Singapore in August
9th August is the day when the entire country comes to life to commemorate its independence from Malaysia in the year 1965. Hear the glorious national narrative and witness this dazzling celebration of the country's victory, unity and much more through spectacular military parades, multicultural dance and song performances, and breathtaking fireworks. The spectators of the national celebration also get a fun pack - an interesting goodie bag with some useful things!

2. Hari Raya Haji

Hari Raya Haji, Singapore in August
Lasting four days, this festival is celebrated by the Muslims of Singapore to commemorate Prophet Ibrahim's complete faith in God who commanded Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, and Ibrahim obediently followed what his God told him to do. This festival is also known as The Festival of Sacrifice, for its important ritual called 'korbari' - animals like lamb, sheep, etc., are sacrificed to God. Visitors can witness the colourful festivities at Geylang Serai. A number of Bazaars are also set up and cultural programmes are held.

3. The Great Singapore Sale

The Great Singapore Sale, Singapore in August
Those who are going to Singapore in early August, rejoice! If you are a shopaholic or not, does not matter, because who doesn't shop their hearts out when you get such amazing discounts?! There is no other country in the world that offers such an event and attractive bargains. Orchard Road remains the favourite shopping destination throughout the period and locations like ION Orchard, Tanglin Mall and Orchard Central offer good deals! Little India and Chinatown are perfect options for cultural street shopping in this period. Be it clothes, jewellery, bags, accessories or even delicious food, Singapore is THE place, and The Great Singapore Sale is the best time.

4. Hungry Ghost Festival

The Hungry ghost Festival, Singapore in August
The best thing about Singapore is that one truly witnesses the fusion of vibrant cultures here. This unique festival - The Hungry Ghost Festival is mostly observed by the Chinese residing in Singapore. Streets come alive during the festive season. It is believed that during this time, the gates of the netherworld are opened for the spirits to roam around in the living world. You will spot large tents in open fields in HDB estates, community centres, and in Chinatown hosting elaborate dinners, organising cultural performances and holding auctions. A number of beliefs and superstitions are attached to this festival, you will also get to hear mysterious and tragic stories; while some people find it scary, a lot of people are fascinated and enjoy this unusual festival!

What to Pack

For the month of August, pack light cotton clothes as the temperature is going to be high. Do not forget your beachwear and sunscreen lotion. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must. Also, do not forget to bring an extra bag for all the shopping you are going to do during the Great Singapore Sale!

With all these events and cultural activities going on, August become one of the best months to witness and experience the cultural fusion Singapore is famous for. Walk on the paths of Singapore's world-famous gardens amid fresh breeze and beautiful greenery. Not just that, visit museums, spend time on the beach and shop your hearts out because the vibe of Singapore in August can only be felt once a year.

This post was published by Pranjali Kureel