Like most Brits, I love talking about the weather. One thing I was really looking forward to about moving to Singapore was the warm weather, in fact it was one of the main reasons for wanting to move abroad. I’m a fair weather girl and absolutely HATE England as it’s cold, grey and gloomy 48 weeks of the year, in fact I’m sure I suffer from SAD as I turn into a miserable
bitch person as soon as the dark nights set in.
It wouldn’t be so bad if we got a proper Summer, but as soon as the sun comes out and everyone cheers up, it disappears again, replaced with more damp, dreary and depressing days.
I remember when Miss C was 9 months old we had a heat wave in London. It was early June and it was so hot she’d been sleeping in her cot in just a nappy. We headed up to Northumberland for a week’s holiday to see my inlaws. I’d packed our Summer clothes (what was I thinking?) and surprise, surprise the weather turned and got so cold we actually had to buy a new Winter coat for Miss C. Typical bloody English weather.
I was so excited about escaping the cold winters and wet summers that for about 3 months before leaving England, I checked the weather for Singapore every day on an iPhone app. I also checked Dubai and Hong Kong (as they were on our list of desirable places to live). Every day Dubai showed a big fat round sun, Hong Kong usually had a sun with a few clouds sprinkled in, whilst Singapore had a grey cloud with a bolt of lightning and drops of rain – every single day for three months. Holy crap!
Things got a whole lot worse when we first arrived in Singapore, and it rained for 10 days solidly, not just a few drops but torrential rain. Okay, it was the rainy season and it was warm rain, so I was still wearing shorts and a T-shirt, but a major reason for leaving the UK was to escape the rain. THIS was not part of the game plan! I quickly learnt the importance of having an umbrella with me at all times and realised that if you got caught in the rain when shopping you were screwed. You’d spend hours waiting for a cab, because the world and his mother were ahead of you in the taxi queue.
I remember wondering whether we’d made a huge mistake and began asking every single person I met if it rained like that all the time.
The rain did stop. I was happy.
The weather in Singapore is hot and humid all year round (rain or no rain). It’s 30-32 degrees during the day and nights drop to 25 degrees. The stifling heat can be unbearable, you can’t leave the house without breaking into sweat, and the humidity wreaks havoc on your hair. It can be extremely unpleasant, especially over the dry Summer months. Irritable, tired children (and husbands) are a thousand times worse when they’re hot and bothered, which makes for impressive tantrums. We often spend days hiding indoors in the cool air-conditioning, then popping down to the pool for a swim. I never wear jeans or anything long-sleeved, I don’t understand how anyone does.
Everytime I get fed up with the humidity, I remind myself of what it was like back in the UK. And, on the flipside, you get to eat outside 365 days of the year and get full use out of all the amazing roof top bars there are in Singapore (and there are plenty).
It’s been a very long, hot few months and I never thought I’d be glad to see clouds and rain but the rainy season has provided a welcome relief. I’m still smiling!