The city-state of Singapore in south-east Asia is the ideal place to witness the grandeur of modern architecture. The hot and humid climate does not deter people from the farthest corners of the world to come to appreciate the sheer brilliance of its structures.
Already booked your tickets to Singapore this September? Then learn some quick facts about the country's weather in this blog post, mainly focused on September.
Weather in Singapore in September
Singapore hardly experiences any extremes of temperature all around the year because of its tropical rainforest climate. In September, the maximum and minimum temperatures lie around 31 and 25 degrees Celsius respectively - quite similar to other months of the year when temperature hardly exceeds 33 degrees Celcius or falls below 23 degrees Celcius. Some amount of rainfall can be expected at all times, and September is no exception with 157mm (6.18 inches) of average rain. The monsoon winds during this time of the year blow south-westerly and bring much lower rainfall compared to the north-east monsoon winds blowing from December to March. Relative humidity levels lie above 82% most of the times, but in September it can be slightly lower during the afternoons.
However, air pollution levels can be high in this period with a lot of dust and smoke, so the environment might become uncomfortable for some people. This is actually caused by forest fires in the southern islands of Indonesia.
Places to Visit & Things to Do
Singapore is the land where some festivities or the other are taking place throughout the year, and these events simply act as icing on the cake for tourists. Read on to find out some exclusive events for September.
Lying in the central part of Singapore, Chinatown is the home to most of the Chinese population of the city-state. In September, Chinatown celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival. Expect to see the streets decorated with bright and colourful lanterns in all shapes and sizes, performances including dragon dance, pop-up stalls and people participating in moon-viewing parties and lantern walks. Don't forget to try the sweet mooncakes- a highlight of this festival.
If you go in the first half of September, you might also have the chance to witness the Hungry Ghost Festival which is usually celebrated between mid-August to mid-September (before the Mid-Autumn Festival). Though the festivities reach a peak on the fifteenth day of the lunar month, throughout the month, you can observe food and other offerings made on various places, burning incense sticks and also stage performances. All this is actually done to please and entertain the departed souls who are believed to roam free in this month - the festival comes with its own set of tales. Get ready to be spooked!
The ultimate crowd puller of Singapore in September is the Grand Prix Season Singapore - a series of Formula One car races held annually at the Marina Bay circuit. The event also sees performances by international celebrities and special race-associated theme parties organised by many clubs and restaurants.
If you aren't interested in motor racing, then head to Gardens by the Bay which is a pleasure in itself any time of the year. With the beautiful blooms in the Flower Dome, the waterfalls in the Cloud Forest, the Supertree Grove and the walkways, the place is a visual treat! Visiting it in September is all the more awesome due to the ongoing Mid-Autumn Festival. A carnival is organised at the venue with lantern displays, performances, games, Chinese craft stalls and food and drink options.
Visit Esplanade Theatres on the Bay for 'Moonfest', a series of performances - dance, music, theatre, exhibitions, etc, based on Chinese traditions to mark the Mid-Autumn festival.
In addition to all the festivities, don't forget to take a ride on the Singapore Flyer, take snaps of the wonderfully lit Marina Bay Sands hotel in the evening or pose in front of the famous Merlion statue.
In September, sea water tends to remain comfortably warm with temperatures of nearly 29 degrees Celsius making it ideal for swimming and other water sports. Visit some of Singapore's best beaches - East Coast Beach, Changi Beach and Punggol Beach on the main island, and if you want a more serene environment away from the bustling crowds, then the beaches on Lazarus island and St John's island would be apt. Last but not the least, the beaches on Sentosa island - Siloso, Palawan and Tanjong, despite being man-made are quite famous. Go surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, flyboarding or sailing; there are some centres providing the equipment and instructors. If you aren't the adrenaline junkie then simply take a dip in the water, play beach ball, make sand castles or just relax and sunbathe; there's something for everyone!
After all the beach fun, head to The Great Food Festival at Resort World Sentosa to make your tummies happy with more than 50 varieties of savouries and desserts prepared by world-famous chefs. They will also be organising live demonstrations and cooking classes for you to take part.
As stated previously, Singapore in September is hot and humid so carry comfortable clothing in breathable fabrics, and for those times which you will be spending in air-conditioned areas, you may pack some light jackets. Rain showers can be quite unpredictable so carry an umbrella. If you are planning to head to the beach, then remember to pack your swimwear, sunscreen, hats and other beach essentials. Also, it would be wise to carry a mask because the haze can cause discomfort sometimes. If you have respiratory problems, the best would be to skip this period altogether.
Overall it is a good idea to visit Singapore in September, which is why a large number of tourists flock to the islands at this time of the year causing a surge in hotel prices. Decide what are your priorities and accordingly stay or visit those places and remember to check the weather forecasts always for unpredictable changes in weather conditions. Happy travelling!