07 Jun '11, 2am

Is Singapore's weather changing? Experts say it's too early to tell, but it fits the pattern of a warming climate

Is Singapore's weather changing? Experts say it's too early to tell, but it fits the pattern of a warming climate

(Above) The situation was back to normal yesterday at this section of the Bukit Timah canal. -- PHOTOS: NURIA LING, DAWN TAN View more photos IS SINGAPORE'S weather changing? On Sunday, speaking after the year's worst floods, Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said there was a 'very high probability that our weather patterns have changed'. While experts say it is too early to tell if the weather is changing, they add that what has happened fits the pattern of a warming climate. Associate Professor Matthias Roth, deputy head of the National University of Singapore's geography department, explained: 'We cannot link one particular weather phenomenon to climate or climate change, because the latter is a long-term average of the weather, which is experienced on a day-to-day basis.' One heavy thunderstorm will not change the long-term average - but enou...

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