Singapore’s all year round sunny weather makes it the perfect place for those who are not too keen on the approaching cold season of a temperate climate. Transitioning from summer to winter can be a pain, what with having to layer up in thick coats, facing the possibility of having to shovel snow that has built up centimetres from the ground, and enduring freezing temperatures that leave you chilled to the bone.
The tropical climate of this Lion City allows its people to bask in the sunlight while they take part in various outdoor activities such as having a swim at Sentosa, cycling around East Coast Park or simply taking a stroll around Gardens by the Bay. If you are a lover of the outdoors, there is no other place to be than this little red dot!
How to Stay Cool in Singapore
Although being able to spend time outdoors frequently is one of the great things about living in Singapore, there are times when we would like to go indoors and have a chill moment. Ask any local and they most likely have their own unique ways of staying cool after spending some time under the sun in this tropical island.
If you are travelling to Singapore for a vacation or considering living in this sunny island, just remember to give yourself a break after being outdoors for a period of time. Here are some tips to help you keep cool in Singapore’s sunny weather:
Shopping Malls are Your Haven
Singapore is a shopaholic’s heaven as shopping malls can be found anywhere you go. Just take a walk down Orchard Road and a number of shopping malls line the streets, with their bright lights and air-conditioned spaces inviting you in when you need to take a break from the sun. So, when you need to cool yourself down for a bit, just head over to the nearest shopping mall and bask in the air-conditioner’s blasts of cool air. Fortunately, the abundance of shopping malls in Singapore means you will not have any trouble finding one while you are out and about.
What You Wear Matters
When you are in Singapore, you can ditch your autumn and winter wear such as knitted wool jumpers and thick coats and cardigans. Steer clear of fabrics that retain heat too like nylon and acrylic. And if you love to layer your clothes, it would probably be better for you to set those outfits aside during the cooler rainy days. To help you stay cool for a longer period of time, opt for clothes made of cooler fabrics such as cotton and linen. Linen, in particular, is a great fabric to wear in Singapore’s sunny weather as it allows for more airflow while you are wearing it since it does not cling to your skin. This means you will still be able to stay cool even when you are perspiring. Linen is also highly absorbent, thus it will be able to remove the perspiration from your skin without the fabric actually feeling damp or sticking to your body. In general, the clothes you would normally wear in the summer are the only things you need all year round in Singapore.
Keep Yourself Hydrated
We know, we know… this is boring advice and one you already know. But if you are used to living in a colder climate, it is easy to forget how important it is to stay hydrated after being under the sun. If you are going to spend a lot of time outdoors, we recommend bringing a bottle of water out with you so you will be able to quench your thirst easily. Plus, you are doing your part for the environment by having a bottle of water handy. Fruits are also great to snack on to provide yourself with sufficient hydration. Munch on watermelons, honeydews or papayas if you are sick of always downing bottle after bottle of water.
Indulge in Icy Sweet Treats
Singapore packs a punch when it comes to food. Singaporeans are immensely proud of their local cuisine, and rightly so. Just visit any coffee shop or hawker centre and you will be hit with the tantalising smells of food that will make your mouth water and tempt you to fill your tummies as quickly as humanly possible. While Singapore’s savoury dishes such as chicken rice, nasi lemak and biryani are delectably delicious, the desserts are what you should go for when the weather is getting too hot to handle. And we are not talking about getting a regular ice-cream cone or cooling yourself with a tub of frozen yoghurt. To truly get the Singapore experience, you need to indulge your taste buds in the local desserts such as ice kacang and chendol. Just a bowl of these desserts will chill you right down to your bone, waking you right up for your next outdoor activity.