Because Singapore practically sits on the equator—just one degree north, in fact—there are no distinct seasons. The nation-state is hot and wet year-round. Temperatures range from the mid-70s to high 80s, and although they vary little, May and June can be a degree or two hotter than other months.
Singapore’s 92 inches of average rainfall are spread throughout the year, but November through January tend to be the wettest months. Monsoons can hit anytime between December and March or June and September, bringing sudden rain showers. But as often happens in Singapore, the rain disappears as quickly as it came, followed by brilliant sunshine. Needless to say, this is also when the city can feel uncomfortably humid.
Those interested in traditional culture may want to visit Singapore during Chinese New Year. The citywide celebration takes place from the first to the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar and includes parades (the most notable of which is the Chingay Parade), night markets, and cultural celebrations. Specific dates for Chinese New Year celebrations fall in late January and mid-February, depending on the calendar. These can be quite busy times around the city, so if you don’t like crowds, pick a different season.
The young—or young at heart—may want to time their trip to participate in ZoukOut. This all-night dance-music festival on a Saturday in December bills itself as the largest event of its type in Southeast Asia and provides a chance to catch another side of Singapore’s diverse culture.