Surviving Hot Days in Singapore: What to Wear to Keep Cool & Dry

14 April 2023

Hot days are back and if you're feeling like taking the 9th shower of the day is not exactly helping, you are not alone.

Singapore has a tropical rainforest climate, which means it is hot and humid throughout the year with abundant rainfall. April in Singapore is usually hotter than other months because it falls during the inter-monsoon season, which is characterised by unpredictable weather patterns. During this time, there can be periods of dry weather with high temperatures, as well as occasional thunderstorms.

Sweltering afternoon in Singapore

Did you also know, Singapore has one of the highest average relative humidity levels in the world, often ranging from 70% to 80%? Coupled with high temperatures, it makes our body feel uncomfortable as it affects our body's ability to cool down through sweat evaporation.

To stay cool in Singapore's hot and humid weather, it's important to choose clothing that is lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking. Here are some tips on what to wear to keep cool:

1. Light-coloured clothing

Light-colored clothing, especially in white or pastel shades, reflects heat and helps to keep you cooler than dark-colored clothing which absorbs heat. Opt for light-colored tops, bottoms, and dresses to stay cooler in the hot weather.

2. Loose-fitting clothing

Choose loose-fitting clothing that allows air to circulate around your body, helping to keep you cool and comfortable. Avoid tight-fitting clothes that can trap heat and make you feel sweaty.

3. Natural fabrics

Opt for natural fabrics like cotton, linen, and bamboo, which are breathable and allow air to pass through, helping to keep you cool. Avoid synthetic fabrics like polyester or nylon, as they tend to trap heat and moisture.

4. Sleeveless or short-sleeved tops

Choose sleeveless or short-sleeved tops to allow your arms to breathe and stay cool. Unless you'll be staying in an air-conditioned environment for a considerable period of time, avoid long sleeves or heavy fabrics that can make you feel too warm.

5. Shorts, skirts, and dresses

Wear shorts, skirts, or dresses made of lightweight fabrics to allow air to circulate and keep your lower body cool. Ditch tight-fitting jeans or trousers that can feel hot and uncomfortable.

6. Sun hats and sunglasses

Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed sun hat and sunglasses to shield your face and eyes from direct sunlight if you are planning to be out in the open for long. This can help keep you cool and protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Don't forget to slap on sunscreen!

7. Open-toe shoes

There's a reason why they call the trusty pair of flip flops the 'Singapore fashion'. High levels of humidity create a conducive environment for the growth of bacteria and fungi, which are the primary cause of unpleasant odours in shoes. Opt for open-toe shoes like sandals or flip-flops, which allow your feet to breathe and help prevent your feet from feeling too sweaty or overheated.

Nobody likes to be near someone with feet odour.

8. Carry a handkerchief or a small towel

Keeping a small handkerchief or towel handy can help you wipe away sweat and keep yourself feeling refreshed throughout the day.

Remember to also stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and take breaks in shaded areas or air-conditioned spaces to give your body a chance to cool down. By choosing lightweight, breathable, and moisture-wicking clothing, you can stay comfortable and keep cool in Singapore's hot and humid weather!

Beat the Singapore Heat With These 8 Tips!