This tiny state consists of Singapore island with a total area of 620 sq km/240 sq mi at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Until 1965 it formed part of the Federation of Malaysia, but since then it has been an independent state of the British Commonwealth.
It has a climate similar in all respects to that described for Malaysia. It is hot, wet, and distinctly humid throughout the year. The most unpleasant months are March and September, when winds are light.
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