Sunset in S'pore went from pink to orange to purple in 45 minutes on Dec. 14, 2017

Heavy rain in the day will make for great Instagrams by evening.

Sulaiman Daud | December 15, 2017, 04:47 PM

Social media in Singapore was awash in various shades of orange, pink and purple.

This was following an unusually colourful sunset across most parts of Singapore at dusk on Dec. 14, 2017.

Photos online showed the sky going from pink at about 6.20pm, to ombré orange at 6.35pm, before transforming into a light royal purple after 6.45pm.

Sure, the sun sets every night, but if you were still stuck in the office after 6pm, you'd have missed out on this:

Good for videos too:

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Dusk in December 2017

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Some of them made our city skyline look like a scene out of a sci-fi movie:

Despite being on a plane, photographer extraordinaire Xavier Lur was not to be left out, snapping a pic from his window seat to further secure his Twitterati status.

How to predict pretty sunsets

Turns out that there's a scientific way to tell if this evening's sunset will be Insta-worthy.

If there's a heavy thunderstorm during the day, the rains tends to wash "large particles" out of the air.

Such particles absorb more light and scatters its wavelengths more equally, making the colours more muted.

So with them out of the way, you can enjoy a more dramatic-looking sunset.

There's another advantage to a nice sunset -- it's less likely to rain the next morning.

That's because the vivid colours at sunset indicate that there is a large swath of clear air off to the West (where the sun sets), which will reach you by the morning.

Perhaps it's time to update the old saying of "Red sky at night, sailor's delight".

Let's go with "Pretty Instagrams at night, MRT commuters' delight".

Top image from Fuad Idris' Instagram page