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Phuket, July 12, 2014

July 2014 Phuket Weather Update


It's been a couple of weeks since the last Phuket weather blog update (on June 26th) and the weather has continued to be a typical low season mixed bag, but certainly not a really wet low season. The main reservoir still looks pretty dry and we're going to need some wet weeks in the next few months or there will be water shortages later in the year. A summary with some photos below of the last couple of weeks weather.

Please do follow me on Twitter for regular weather updates, Phuket news, photos and more ... Jamie on Twitter. The weather news might be lacking in the second half of July, as I will be in England, but at any time you can check the weather by looking at the webcams on this page including the new Karon beach webcam.

Also, and I keep saying this ... in low season you can often get big waves and rip currents at the beach. if you see big waves, don't go swimming.

So, back in time to the end of June ....

On June 28th I dragged the family out for an afternoon drive over the hill to Patong and then north to Kamala beach and onward to Surin beach. We'd not been to Surin for years and I wanted to see the "new look" Surin now that beachfront bars and restaurants had been removed, as is happening at most beaches to make things look more natural.



(above) our kids at Surin Beach, June 28th - and very nice weather!

And we also stopped at Laem Sing beach, between Surin and Kamala, now also being cleared of beachfront development.



(above) Laem Sing Beach seen from a viewpoint south of Surin beach, June 28th

On June 29th .. totally different weather. I Tweeted "After a few lovely sunny days in Phuket, today is grey and looks like about to get very wet", and a bit later "Afternoon weather report ... it's p*ssing down"

June 30th "4:20am ... Woken up by the sound of heavy rain ... Hopefully it'll stop by morning", but later in the day "Sunny day, but big waves at Karon beach"

And welcome to July! On July 1st, I Tweeted "Phuket weather this morning ... grey and drizzly"

But July 2nd was different again "Lovely sunny morning in Phuket and hardly any wind. Waves getting smaller"

And July 3rd "Good morning from Phuket and it's a lovely sunny morning. Still some waves at the beaches, but not as rough as a few days ago"

I went into old town on July 3rd evening for dinner at Kopitiam on Thalang Road.



(above) View from my table at Kopitiam on July 3rd

On July 4th - a day off work! And i got a little sunburned working in the garden (exciting expat life!) There was a heavy 10 minute shower of rain, and then it was sunny again.

July 5th started a bit grey, but turned into another sunny low season day in Phuket :)

July 6th and we took an afternoon drive out of Phuket, over the bridge into Phang Nga province with no fixed plan. Weather was very nice, and we stopped first at Ton Prai waterfall which is between Phuket and Khao Lak, and then a few km further north we stopped at Lampi waterfall which somehow I had never visited before - and we'll go again ...



(above) Lampi Waterfall, July 6th

On July 7th, back to work at the dive shop ... "A grey, drizzly start to Monday in Phuket .. sun is starting to appear. Karon beach looked pretty rough this morning". Weather is just totally random, if you ask me what the weather will be like in Phuket tomorrow, I'll say "I'll tell you tomorrow". If you ask what the weather will be like in a few weeks from now, I have no idea. It will be something like described here on this page - some sunny days, some wet days, some really wet days, but mostly "not too bad" unless you are unlucky :)

July 8th "Rough at the beach today, reg flags all along Karon beach .. no swimming"



July 9th "Windy morning on Phuket island, but no rain (yet)" and later "Quite a sunny afternoon now at Karon Beach, Phuket, but big waves at the beach"

July 10th - same as the 9th! Sunny, windy, big waves. And I say again. If you see big waves, don't swim. 2 drownings in the last 2 weeks, one at Kata, one at Karon beach. Stay safe please.

July 11th was a less sunny day, some showers, lots of grey skies. Also was the start of the 6th Kathu street festival in the Kathu area of Phuket between Phuket Town and Patong. I did not attend, since I was working and did not get home until 7pm, but will hopefully visit this evening, weather today is much nicer although there are some showers around.

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Phuket, June 29, 2014

New Webcam at Karon Beach


There's already one webcam looking at Karon Beach (see here) and it's one of the most popular pages on this blog. The camera is at the Marina Phuket Resort and I recently saw that they have a new webcam running, better than the old one, with a wider view and a view unobscured by trees, great for weather spotting! The Marina Phuket Resort is a lovely place to stay and has bungalows on the rocks over the ocean right at the south end of Karon Beach. Original source of this webcam is here on the Marina Phuket website.



Karon Beach Webcam at the Marina Phuket Resort

(above) New Webcam at Marina Phuket Resort looking along Karon Beach. Click on the big play button to start the live cam.

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Phuket, June 26, 2014

June 2014 Weather in Phuket


So, June is nearly done .... the last update was on June 10th and I was saying that the real low season weather had not really hit. Only a few grey, wet days, but lots of sun. If you visit Phuket in the low season you have to expect some bad weather, but people often get lucky. You're more likely to be lucky than unlucky. The really wet and windy days are few and far between, but of often happens, we got quite a few crappy days right after I last updated the Phuket weather blog :) Here's a summary of the last couple of weeks...

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June 10th (evening), a Tweet said "It's a warm, windless night here in Phuket, but the forecast does seem to be getting wetter and windier as from tomorrow #calmbeforethestorm"

This turned out to be correct...

June 11th "Mostly blue skies, some dark clouds and a few spots of rain this morning"

June 12th "It's a grey, wet morning in Phuket ... Some strong breezes blowing too."

By the 12th, it was looking rough at the beaches and the red flags were flying. The red flags mean "No Swimming". If you see big waves, don't swim. It's not just the waves, but there can also be rip currents.

A photo on the 12th on Instagram. At Karon beach this morning .. Rough seas, dark skies and please don't swim...



June 13th "a windy night, big waves at Karon beach again this morning, but the sun is out :)"

Sadly a 13 year old boy drowned on the 12th. First really rough day, first drowning. Let me say again :

DON'T GO SWIMMING IF THERE ARE BIG WAVES

June 14th - mostly sunny, but still rough at the beaches ...



(above) at Nai Yang beach, June 14th, photo by @Phuket_Bukit on Twitter.

June 16th, a Tweet that shows the changes in daily weather in low season "Phuket weather report .. yesterday was ****ing hot, last night a bit wet and this morning grey and hazy."

June 17th "Weather this morning - it's sunny and the wind has died down. Looks like a lovely day ahead."



(above) Sunset, June 17th - taken through the windscreen of our car, at traffic lights on the way home - even a nice sunset at the traffic lights in Phuket :)

June 18th. Oh and the World Cup started a few days ago. As an Englishman, I decided wisely to ignore it and not wake up in the small hours of the morning to watch my country.



Above, at Bang Wad Reservoir on the 18th .. I often go here for morning exercise.

June 19th (below) I was at the reservoir again. Check out these lovely sunny low season mornings :)



June 20th "Another lovely sunny low season morning in Phuket"

I had a day off and went into Phuket Town in the afternoon, dropping the kids off for art class. We visited the Phuket Indy Market, parking near the dragon statue (below).



(above) The Phuket Dragon on Thalang Road at the Queen Sirikit Park, June 20th

June 21st "Waking up to the sound of rain ... Yesterday was hot and sunny. Never know what you're gonna get in low season :)"

June 22nd - another day off :) Well, in the afternoon my wife took our daughter to the dentist and I took our boy to Phuket Town to check out the Baba Wedding street parade. Had a drink first at Eleven Two and Co., then wandered up Thalang Road where the weekly Sunday Walking Street market was taking place.



(above) on Thalang Road, June 22nd (more photos here)

And then my boy and I watched the football! Not the World Cup - we watched Phuket FC take on Saraburi at the Surakul stadium in Phuket. We've been a few time before, but not for a couple of years. And we chose an entertaining game, with Phuket ending up losing 4-5 :(

June 23rd "Grey start to the day, but dry for my morning 6.5km walk - a heavy downpour with lots of wind followed a bit later. Now just grey again."

June 24th "Quick morning weather report from Phuket : sunny" - it changes every day sometimes. You never know what you'll get until you wake up :)



(above) June 24th blue skies over Karon beach .. this little shrine is right outside Sunrise Divers.

June 25th - another lovely sunny day, but with big waves at the beaches.



(above) June 25th, sunny, dark clouds coming from the southwest, big waves at Karon Beach :)

And looking the other way...



Them big waves .. by all means take a walk on the beach, or catch some rays, but don't swim.

June 26th (today!) - another mostly sunny day with big waves! Like it or not ... we need more rain here.

In the afternoon I was at Karon Beach as I'd seen in the Phuket Gazette that Dr Robert Brander of the University of NSW would be giving a talk about rip currents. Well, at least a few people showed up. The Phuket Gazette had a video camera rolling so I hope to see a report online soon.



(above) At Karon beach this afternoon. Purple dye (actually potassium permanganate) added to the surf zone shows the location of the rip current.

Forecast : Who knows! Low season weather in Phuket is random. I see that 2014 could be an El Niño year, so weather patterns could be abnormal. If you're coming, enjoy! See you in Phuket!


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Phuket, June 24, 2014

How to deal with rip currents at the beach


OK, so it's low season now. No weather report on this blog post, I want to share a video about rip currents. Every year, there are drownings at Phuket beaches, especially in low season when there are often big waves which can lead to rip currents. The video below talks about rip currents in relation to Australian beaches, but rip currents are the same wherever you are. One thing I noticed in the video - on Aussie beaches, flags are placed on the beaches to mark the safe swimming area. Here in Phuket, when you see red flags on the beaches it means you should not swim. In general, I think if you see big waves, don't swim in the sea. Be safe!



The guy doing this video will be doing a rip current demo at Karon Beach, Thursday June 26th 2014 at 2pm in front of the football stadium (south end of Karon). Hopefully I'll find time to go have a look :)


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