The name Singapore is derived from the malay word “Singapura”. The English name Singapura comes from the Malay word Palembang Singapura meaning "Lion City," which is derived from Sanskrit. Thus Singapura is a combination of Singa that means “lion” and “pura” that stands for “town”. It is the only country and an island in Southeast Asia. It is snuggled off the southernmost tip of the Malay Peninsula to the north of the equator. The territory comprises lozenge-shaped Main Island, heralded as Singapore Island and Pulau Ujong in Malay. The Straits of Johor (north) separates Singapore from Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore Strait (south) keeps it separated from Indonesia's Riau Islands. Owing to land reclamation, the territory of Singapore has been expanded.
Official languages : English, Malay, Mandarin, Tamil
Singapore is generally hot & humid at all times of the year. The temperature usually remains between to 23°C (night) and 30°C (day).
From March to May Singapore experiences pre-southwest monsoon season that brings heavy evening showers. As the season matures rainfall reduces and winds become less strong.
The Southwest Monsoon Season prevails from June till September. This is the best time to visit the city. At times the mornings are misty with strong winds.
October and November is the time for pre-northeast monsoon. During this time Singapore experiences, cool sea breeze with less temperature during afternoon. Evenings can also often bring in storm but the wind is mostly reduced.
The Northeast monsoon season ranges from December till March-end. The season witnesses heavy rainfall with nonstop showers for most times of the day.
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