SINGAPORE: The strong winds that toppled trees and smashed flowerpots across Singapore on early Thursday morning (June 12) were the result of a Sumatra squall, says the National Environment Agency (NEA).
A spokesman from NEA's Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS) said the squall affected Singapore between 2.15am and 3.30am, bringing rain and gusty winds to many parts of the island.
Those in the southwestern part of Singapore near the West Coast Highway experienced the highest wind speed of 103.7 km per hour. Several viewers sent in photographs of damage caused by the strong gusts, including fallen trees and collapsed roofs. The tents for the Hari Raya Bazaar at Geylang East Avenue 3 were also brought down by the massive gusts.
The highest wind speed ever recorded in Singapore was 144.4 km per hour back in 25 April 1984.
"Sumatra squalls are common during the South West Monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to September or early October," said the MSS spokesman. "For the next fortnight, we can expect a few days of short-duration afternoon showers with one to two Sumatra squalls."
The public can refer to the latest weather reports at the NEA website, NEA’s Smartphone App (myEnv), NEA’s mobile weather service at Weather@SG, Twitter via @NEAsg and the weather forecast hotline at 6542 7788. - CNA/xy
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