SINGAPORE-- The rainy weather Singapore has been experiencing this month is expected to gradually ease over the weekend, said the National Environment Agency (NEA).

However, it is likely to remain chilly, with the lowest temperature forecast to range between 22 and 24 degrees Celsius for the next few days.

NEA has said that the cool and wet weather is due to a monsoon surge that's affecting the South China Sea and the surrounding region.

As of 4pm on Friday, the lowest temperature was 21.4 degrees Celsius at Jurong West - that broke 2017's low of 21.7 degrees Celsius recorded on two days in January and August.

The highest temperature on Friday was just 24.7 degrees Celsius at Sentosa, as of 4pm.

In the past five years, temperatures have dipped below 21.4 degrees Celsius in 2016 (21.2 degrees Celsius), 2014 (20.1 degrees Celsius) and 2013 (20 degrees Celsius).