Crackkk! Singapore is a lightning capital

Crackkk! Singapore is a lightning capital

Visitors take note, Singapore gets hit with 186 days of lightning per year: Here's how to guard against getting zapped
We hope you'll have a cracking time in Singapore... just not one that involves the weather gods.

Incoming visitors beware, Singapore is a lightning capital.

No, this isn't a euphemism for the Lion City's vibrant nightlife; we're literally talking about lightning, the type that can kill you.

While Bangkok battles floods and Kota Kinabalu contemplates building dams to counter flash floods, Singapore has a more electrifying situation to deal with: lightning blazes across its skies 186 days every year.

Certainly something to keep in mind when planning a visit to the Little Red Dot.

After all, even The Merlion is not safe from being zapped.

And recent months have seen a number of individuals struck by lightning while canoeing and golfing.

The island's hot and humid weather is the main reason for the formation of thunderstorms which produce lightning, especially during the inter-monsoon periods of April, May and November.

Wild Singapore estimates that these months see up to 20 days of thunderstorms every month, while January and February sees only about five days.

But should you find yourself here in the coming months -- prime lightning time -- and without any advice from your hotel, consider these commonsense tips from Wild Singapore and The Straits Times:

1. Thunderstorms tend to occur between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the afternoon for all months of the year as diurnal heating and convection play an important role in thunderstorm development here.

2. Rubber shoes and car tyres will not save you from a lightning strike. On average, a lightning bolt has pushed its way through several kilometers of air, so it will not be stopped by a few centimeters of rubber.

3. If you're in the open, seek shelter -- but not under a tree -- or go to the lowest point in the area and squat with your feet together. Avoid lying flat as lightning can travel through the ground.

4. If you're on the road, stay in or get into a vehicle, close the windows and do not touch the metal components of the car.

5. Remove all your jewelry and metallic objects as they can conduct electricity. 

6. If there is a lightning storm, avoid taking a shower or a bath.

7. Disconnect all electrical appliances and avoid touching power sockets.

8. Use your mobile or a cordless phone, avoid using a corded telephone.