Singapore and its surrounding areas are likely to be increasingly affected by global climate change, facing challenges such as more hot weather, more frequent extreme precipitation and rising sea levels, according to a study released by the Singapore Climate Research Center on the 5th.
The average annual temperature in Singapore is predicted to continue to rise, according to the report, over the past 40 years, the average annual temperature in Singapore has risen at a rate of 0.24 degrees Celsius per decade.
The report predicts that Singapore’s average annual temperature rise could reach 0.55 degrees Celsius per decade by the end of the century if global carbon emissions remain high.
The study notes that climate change will make extreme precipitation more frequent. By the end of the century, total precipitation during the dry season from June to August could be substantially below the record low of 314 mm. During the rainy season from November to January, the total rainfall is expected to exceed the all-time high of 1507 mm.
If global carbon emissions remain high, the study predicts that sea levels around Singapore will rise by 0.23 to 1.15 metres by the end of the century, and could even rise by about two metres by 2150.