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Before moving or starting a company in another country, understanding the time, climate, and weather are important considerations.

As a country close to the Equator, Singapore has tropical forest climates, thunderstorms, abundant rainfall, and constantly hot and humid conditions. There’s a lot interesting tidbits of information about both Singapore’s time zone and its weather!

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What is Singapore’s Geographical Location & Time Zone

Time zones are usually determined by its geographical location, but that’s not the case for Singpore. Singapore, according to its location, should be in the UTC+7 time zone, but the Singapore Time is calculated by using the UTC+8 time zone!

FUN FACT: Singapore time and Peninsular Malaysia time were moved to UTC+8 time zone in Jan 1, 1982, to align with the time in East Malaysia.

The new time zone is beneficial for Singapore because:

  • More major business hubs are in the UTC+8 time zone as compared to UTC+7 time zone, this includes: 
    • Shanghai 
    • Beijing 
    • Hong Kong 
    • Macau, among others  
  • UTC+8 time zone is the world’s most populous with 24% of the world’s population living in this time zone, gaining greater access to the world’s largest market by time zone. This is one of the many reasons why investors are choosing Singapore as their place to set up a company.

Temperature & Seasons in Singapore

The temperature in Singapore typically ranges from 23 to 33 degrees Celsius, with day temperatures between 31 to 33 degrees Celsius and night temperatures between 23 to 25 degree Celsius.

TIP: April & May are the hottest months while November through January are the coldest – be sure to bring appropriate attires for these months!

Singapore do not have the usual 4 seasons – spring, autumn, summer or winter, but there are distinctive seasons in Singapore which are:

  • Dry Season – February to August  

    • Less rainfall with occasional thunderstorms
    • Temperature seldom exceeds 31 degrees Celsius 
  • Rainy Season – October to November 

    • More rainfalls with periodic thunderstorms in the afternoon & early evening 
    • Temperature is usually 31 degrees Celsius Marks the start of inter-monsoon periods 
  • Monsoon Seasons – June, September & October to November 

    • Dry, hot and humid weather with rainfall occurring in short durations and thunderstorms and strong winds are expected
    • Inter-monsoon periods are between late March and May and between October and November 
  • Windy Season  

    • Eastern and southern parts of Singapore are usually the windiest  
    • Winds are usually followed by thunderstorms and rainfall & stronger during monsoon periods and lighter during inter-monsoon periods  
    • Wind speed of 10m/s is the highest during the northeast monsoon period
FUN FACT: Despite its proximity to the equator, Singapore does not receive as much sunshine as you’d think – Singapore only experiences about 5.5 hours of sunshine everyday!

Working & Living in Singapore

Singapore’s weather and time zone makes it a very livable destination. If you’re considering working in Singapore, contact us to know the steps to get your Employment Pass! For those who are interested in moving to Singapore or set up a new company, let us help with your company incorporation process!

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When is the best time to visit Singapore?2021-08-21T22:23:19+08:00

The best time to visit Singapore is during the months from December to February. This time around in Singapore is quite festive as the country celebrates Christmas and Chinese New Year. The whole of the city is surrounded by spectacular light-ups and various stalls that sell food, ornaments, pottery, and decorative items. We suggest refraining from coming to Singapore in May and June as the heat and smoke are at their peak during this time. 

Does Singapore have any cold seasons?2021-08-21T22:22:56+08:00

December and January are the coldest months in Singapore, however, Singapore do not have the typical 4 seasons.  

Which parts of Singapore rains the most?2021-08-21T22:22:34+08:00

Northern and western parts of Singapore have the highest rainfalls in the whole nation. 

Is Singapore humid?2021-08-21T22:22:01+08:00

Yes, being very close to the equator, Singapore is humid because it is close to the sea and it rains frequently.

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