By Ang Hwee Min
Unusual weather has been making headlines worldwide over the past two months. Scientists say although most of these weather events occurred naturally, climate change is causing them to turn more extreme.
A spokesman from the Meteorologist Service Singapore told The Straits Times that cool spells here could become more frequent due to climate change.
Projections for 2100 made by the met service show there could be more rain from cold surges during the northeast monsoon season.
An extended monsoon surge caused the longest cool spell here in a decade, with temperatures falling below 24 degrees Celsius.
Temperatures dropped as low as 13 deg C in mid January, affecting farm crops.
47 degrees Celsius
Temperatures in Sydney on 7 Jan soared to the hottest since 1939. Bushfires raged out of control near Melbourne, melting asphalt on a stretch of the Hume Highway.
Avalanche danger is high in the French and Swiss Alps due to nearly 10 feet of new snowfall over the weekend of 20 Jan.
5.84 metres high
Heavy rain raised the water level of the River Seine on 29 Jan, more than double its normal level, causing floods.
The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany:
At least 12 people died when a powerful storm pummeled Europe with winds of up to 140 kilometres per hour on 18 Jan.
Coldest in 48 years
Temperatures dropped to -4 deg C on 24 Jan. Heavy snowfall on 22 Jan left 6,000 travellers stranded at Narita Airport overnight.
Heilongjiang province, China:
Temperatures fell to -44.5 deg C, the lowest this winter. The record for the region is -52.3 deg C.
Temperatures fell to -16 deg C on 11 Jan as the country experiences one of its coldest winters.
As the city suffers its worst drought in a century, residents face losing piped water to their homes on 12 Apr, nine days earlier than predicted.
40 centimetres of snow
Snow fell in the northwest region on 7 Jan. Experts say this was not caused by climate change, but by cold air blowing in from the North Atlantic.
New York, Maine, San Diego and Florida:
Record low temperatures over the New Year. In Florida, cold iguanas fell from their perches.
An earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska on 23 Jan, generating a small tsunami.
US East Coast:
A “bomb cyclone”, or winter cyclone at the beginning of January, led to at least a dozen deaths.