What's the Phuket weather like? This is
the question everyone asks! So to give you a clearer picture,
here are a few facts.
Phuket has a tropical climate that is warm the whole year round
averaging temperatures of around 29C (88F). There are two distinct
seasons with a few minor variations in-between.
Many people visit in the high season (November to March) because
of pleasant temperatures, blue skies and low rainfall. As a
result the island is quite busy and everything is a little more
expensive. Hotels and tours can be quite crowded and the island
is not quite so laid back.
During April till mid-May, it begins to heat up to around 34C
(96F) and there are often heavy thunder-showers in the late
afternoons. The Thai New Year (Songkran Festival) occurs on
April 13th and everyone sprinkles (or throws) cool water on
each other. Welcome relief!
Visiting Phuket in the monsoon season has
lots of advantages.Temperatures average a comfortable
29/30C (88-90F) and light warm winds make sightseeing tours
very pleasant. During the monsoon season, it doesn't rain every
day! The usual weather pattern is for short dramatic showers,
with plenty of sunshine in between, providing an opportunity
to chat with the locals while you're waiting for the rain to
pass. June, July and August are particularly pleasant.
Activities and trips - including Similan diving - remain totally
unaffected. You can still go swimming or kayaking, (falling
off a canoe in warm water will not leave you shivering!) The
island is less busy and more relaxed - it's also less expensive.
There are some great deals on hotel rates and much better shopping
bargains. Better value for money. One point to watch, however,
Is that swimming off the West coast beaches can be dangerous
due to strong currents and rip-tides. Always observe the warning
flags on the beach.
Don't be put off by the long-range weather forecasts. Phuket
weather is very localized because of the surrounding hills.
There could be a shower on Patong Beach, and bright sunshine
in Kata a few kilometers south!
Finally, remember that this is after all a tropical climate,
so its never cold and the sun is never far away.....
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