When to Go to Singapore
Singapore by Season
Just one degree north of the equator, Singapore's hot and humid climate varies very little throughout the year, so there's never really a bad time to visit. The country is busiest during the region's school holiday months of June to July and November to December, so visiting at other times of the year will help you avoid the rush. You can also time your visit to catch one of the many events taking place in Singapore throughout the year. To help you choose when’s best for your Singapore holiday, we’ve broken the year into its two seasons:
March to October
Even though Singapore’s dry season is called ‘dry’, there are no guarantees, so it’s always better to bring a brolly. Rain is most likely between March and May, usually falling for an hour or two in the afternoon. Temperatures hover around 30°C throughout the dry season, with reasonably high humidity. To escape the heat head indoors to one of the many shopping centres or cool off with a Singapore sling or two.
Dragonboat races: in late May get yourself down to Marina Bay or the Kallang River to watch fast-paced rowing in brightly coloured boats, music performances, and plenty of rice dumplings to munch on.
Singapore Food Festival (SFF): held in July, the food festival is the perfect opportunity to try some to Singapore’s numerous gastronomic delights, with tempting street food stands, cookery classes and foodie events.
November to February
During the wet season, Singapore’s weather is variable, with both sunny and wet days. Again, showers are more likely in the afternoon, and most common in October and November, but there are no hard and fast rules, so it’s best to be prepared. December to February is slightly cooler than other times of year, although the daytime temperatures rarely drop much below 25°C.
Chinese New Year: falling in January or February, Chinese New Year sees one of the largest celebrations in Singapore, with huge lanterns floating in Marina Bay, steamboat dinners and the giving of red envelopes containing money.
Thaipusam: also held in January or February, the Hindu festival of Thaipusam sees a long procession across the city, and worshippers carrying altars known as kavadi.