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Witnesses posted images on social media showing the swirl near the Marina Bay Sands hotel.
A woman from Cumbria has been appointed British High Commissioner to Singapore.
Kara Owen, who grew up near Egremont, takes up the senior diplomatic role next month.
Her previous jobs have included some of the most senior posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as diplomatic postings around the world.
She says she was inspired by a remark from a teacher at Wyndham School.
I was really interested in international history and one day, when I was 16, my history teacher said to me: 'You know what, Kara, you should think about the Diplomatic Service'."
Southeast Asia's biggest lender, DBS Group, reported a record net profit of 1.65 billion Singapore dollars ($1.2bn; £937m) in the first quarter, a rise of 8.5% from a year ago..
"Healthy business momentum and a higher net interest margin more than offset the impact of a high base for wealth management, brokerage and investment banking fee income as well as a property gain a year ago," the bank said.