Best Time to Visit Singapore, 2020
Wondering when is the ideal time to visit Singapore? Well, wrap up your plans with this complete Singapore weather guide which also includes monthly plans before stepping foot in the Lion City.
Best Time to Visit Singapore?
Based on the weather update Singapore usually ranges from pleasant hot and sunny days to copious rain pours. Even so, it is still an all year round spot to be visited. However, considering the comfortness, accessibilities and to make the most of your trip, we suggest the ideal time to visit the Lion City would be between the months of February and April.
The Festive Season (January to March)
Embrace the diverse culture of Singapore during this period of time where you could start your year off with a bang. Various festival celebrations will be held during this time of the year such as Chinese New Year which usually occurs either in January or February. The Marina Bay and Chingay Parade is the perfect spot to experience this grand celebration.
Experience the ‘festival of colors’ or more commonly known as Holi. It is a Hindu festival of the year, celebrated as a sign of sharing love with each other. Feel free to join the revelers as they immerse themselves in colored powder while spreading joy along the streets with great music and dance.
Combine Food Hunting with Shopping Spree (April to July)
Hydrate yourself frequently during the month of April to July which is the driest season in Singapore. It is essential to carry water bottles especially when you start roaming in the streets seeking food carnivals, shopping and festive celebrations.
Another major cultural festival occurs during this period is Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Celebrated by most Muslims worldwide, this festival is also known as ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ or ‘Eid’. Get to know about the culture by visiting the Malay Heritage Center located at Sultan Gate.
Shop til you drop during the biggest sale of the year, the Great Singapore Sale (GSS) which occurs every June. The GSS offers a huge retail scene with great discounts and low prices. Hence, check out some of the iconic shopping streets such as the Orchard Road and unleash your shopping spree.
Foodies, this is the ideal time for you to visit the Lion City as the spectacular culinary scene will be held at the Singapore Food Festival. Do check out the MakanSutra by the Bay for the ultimate experience of Asian hawker street cousines. Savor the diverse flavors this Asian city has to offer.
Chill and Be Thrilled (August to October)
Heat intolerance people, this would be the ideal time for you to visit the Lion City as there will be much more cool breeze and occasional rain pours. It is essential to carry an umbrella during this period. If you are roaming around the Marina Bay area, do visit TheWalkingSingapore kiosk to obtain an umbrella, cool souvenirs and also touring services which would definitely enhance your holiday experience.
Join hands with the locals to celebrate the Lion City’s National Day on the 9th of August. Witness the astounding performances and fireworks during the National Day Parade which is held at The Float on the Bay this year.
Tick your bucket list by attending the Grand Prix Season Singapore during the month of September. Cheer out loud for your favorite Formula One racers as you would be witnessing the live race which would definitely be an adrenaline-pumping moment.
Delight yourself with the delicious mooncakes and lantern festival during the Mid-Autumn Festival which takes place during early October.
The City of Lights (November to December)
Have the time of your life during the ‘Trio’ festival period which consists of Deepavali, Christmas and New Year. Although you may experience cloudy weather, the Lion City does not stop from happening as the whole city will be lit up celebrating the once a year festivals.
Embrace the ‘Festival of Lights’ which is known as Deepavali, celebrated by Hindus. Witness the entire city glow of oil lamps which is the iconic symbol of the auspicious festival. Visit the numerous bazaars set up along Little India where you could savor local Indian cuisine and delicacies. Learn more about the culture by visiting the Indian Heritage Museum at Campbell Lane. Do try out some of the traditional Indian clothing which will be sold as it could definitely be a souvenir to cherish.
Prepare to be dazzled by spectacular Luminarie light sculptures along the Gardens by the Bay during Christmas. Experience the wonderland moments along Orchard Road where you could do your Christmas shopping spree at the premium outlets and street shops. Be ‘camera-ready’ as you would definitely not want to miss the chance to take a few clicks with the beautiful decors in Orchard Town.
Party poppers, Siloso Beach Party would definitely be the perfect spot for you as the biggest beach countdown party will be held during New Year’s Eve. Meet up with new people and celebrate together with the nation to embrace the upcoming new year with beers and cocktails.
Singapore Weather by Season
1. Wet Season
Usually, during the month of September until February, it is mostly cloudy or rainy. Thus, this would be the wet season. However, there are a few attractions which could be done during this period. Do not miss out on the beautiful sight from the Marina Bay Sands SkyPark Observation Deck, S.E.A. Aquarium, Singapore Zoo and various other attraction packages attractionsbox offers. Even with all the extra rainfall, the Lion City would still be quite warm during the wet season.
Although there will be frequent rainfall, Singapore’s weather might still be warm during wet seasons. Hence, wearing quick-drying gear would be advisable in order to ensure comfortness throughout your visit. A sturdy umbrella and a breathable waterproof jacket could also be very useful during this time.
2. Dry Season
The dry season in Singapore is from February until August. Even though it is labeled as the dry season, do keep in mind that the weather is often unpredictable. There could be rainfall here and there as it is a tropical country. The most promising weather period falls between February and April. However, during the months between May and August, the air quality could get pretty bad due to smoke blows in from clearing fires in Sumatra. The haze could be worse during these times. Hence, wearing a surgical mask would be advisable to prevent hazardous encounters. Some of the best spots to visit during these periods would be the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, Gardens by the Bay, River Safari, Jurong Bird Park and several others. Purchase these attraction packages for cheaper rates through bundle discount services.
Due to the heat and humidity, it is advisable to wear ‘quick-dry’ clothing or lightweight materials to ensure the best comfort. Avoid wearing thick clothes such as hoodies and jeans as the weather could get really warm from noon to evening. Do not miss out on your sunblock creams to protect your skin from being sunburnt. Keep yourself hydrated at all times and carry a travel umbrella as there could be unpredictable rainfall from time-to-time.
Events and Festivals in Singapore
1. New Year’s Day
Witness the extravaganza lighting show at the Marina Bay Singapore celebrating the birth of a new year. If you missed out on this, you could still enjoy the light shows every late evening by the bay or purchase the Gardens by the Bay ticket to watch the Garden Rhapsody show which would definitely be a memorable one
2. Chinese New Year
Witness one of Singapore’s grand celebrations, which is based on the lunisolar calendar. Chinese New Year is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the world. Do not miss out on the lion dance along the Chingay parade in Marina Bay. Chinatown is definitely a place to be during this year January, 25th and 26th as it glows with hundreds of lanterns and spectacular decorations.
Join the Hindu festival which takes place over two days, during the 7th and 8th February 2020, with the first day considered as the eve. Witness colorful chariot procession which starts from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple along Serangoon Road leading to Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple at Keong Siak Road. Witness the Indian culture with devotees carrying milk pots and wooden kavadis where some pierce their tongues with skewers and carry wooden kavadis decorated with peacock feathers and so on.
4. St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival
Who would have thought that an Asian city celebrates the Irish holiday! Well, Singapore tends to surprise tourists in such away. This Irish joy is celebrated with live performances of dance and music along with loads of Guinness Stouts resembling the tradition of drinking. Walk along the Singapore River as it will be dyed green and watch out for the Harley-Davidson convoy leading the parade on 17th March 2020.
5. Singapore International Festival of Arts
This festival is held annually throughout the month of May. It is an island-wide celebration offering high quality, free and some ticketed outdoor performance in theatre arts, music, visual art and also dance from all over the world.
6. Vesak Day
This holy day is usually celebrated by Buddhists to celebrate the life and teachings of Siddharta Gautama Buddha. The celebration is carried out at all Buddhist temples but some of the best spots to experience it would be at the Lian Shan Shuang Lin Temple at Jalan Toa Payoh and Buddha Tooth Relic Temple at South Bridge Road. Vesak Day will be on the 7th of May, 2020.
7. Orchard Road Christmas Markets
Witness the popular shopping district of Singapore transforming into a tropical winter wonderland during the Christmas month. The parade is usually held during Christmas Day and the area will be featuring giant snow scenes, trees, toys, and candy canes along with dazzling light displays.
More tourism service in Singapore
You can plan out your interests by checking out the attraction tickets offered to save more. Also, make the most of your trip by checking out the Tour Packages offered by TheWalkingSingapore or use the best PMDs rental services at Joyscoot to get about Singapore.
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