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Driest February in Singapore

February 25, 2010
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Originally published by Joanne Chan on ChannelNewsAsia.com

SINGAPORE : This month could turn out to be the driest February ever recorded in Singapore – if current conditions continue.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said that only 5.3mm of rainfall has been recorded so far, compared to 18.7mm in the same period last year.

NEA said February is traditionally one of the driest month in the year. And this year, the El Nino effect is making it worst.

National water agency PUB said the dry spell is also causing record water consumption. Some 590 Olympic-sized pools of water are being consumed daily on average, about 7 per cent more than last February.

PUB is advising households to practise good water-saving habits, such as taking shorter showers.

The dry spell has also seen an increase in the outbreak of grass, lallang and vegetation fires.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it has responded to 92 cases so far this month alone. It is appealing to the public to help minimise such fire occurrences. – CNA/ms#

Climate change is not something far away. It’s happening right under our noses.

Mel

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