Jamie's Phuket Weather Blog

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Live Webcam at Cape Panwa, Phuket

I found 2 webcams on a website run by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. They are positioned at Cape Panwa. One is looking south and the other is looking west. Looks like I can't put them both on the same page though as the webcam code gets messed up. So I will add one webcam here and the other later on another page.

Below - Webcam at Cape Panwa looking West across Chalong Bay towards the hills. On the other side of those hills you find the main beaches in Phuket such as Kata, Karon and Patong beaches.

At Cape Panwa, Phuket - Looking West

The original cam is on the TAT website here. The second camera is here.

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Live Webcam at Cape Panwa, Phuket

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Phuket Weather Review - High Season 2014 - 2015

Well, I made a decision last year to stop updating the Phuket weather blog. It was just one more thing on a long list of things that need doing, and while I am still regularly updating Jamie's Phuket, the weather blog was getting a bit stale - constant posts about sun, rain, wind .... and I decided that the blog has many useful pages where you can check on the current weather - such as the Karon Beach Webcam, Patong Beach Webcam and Weather Radar. So regular updates where I wibble on about how it was sunny on Thursday, rained a bit in the night ... a bit unnecessary really. The tools are right here if anyone wants to know what the weather is like now.

And for a forecast .. well, the web is full of forecasts although you can't really trust any of them. As we head into our low season (aka rainy season, green season, southwest monsoon season) people tend to be worried - if you hear "rainy season" it does kind of imply that there is lots of rain, maybe constant rain. This is not true. Low season in Phuket has a lot of nice weather, some days are really wet, some days you get showers, some are just grey. I like the low season, I like the variety in the weather. Today is May 14th ... low season has not started yet. We are getting some rain nearly every day, short thunderstorms due to the heat - and this is the hottest time of year when the winds are light, before the southwest monsoon winds start. These winds are due to start very soon - best place to check for a forecast - Windguru.

For regular updates on Phuket weather, and local news, photos and up to date info, please do follow me on Twitter. I tend to post photos most days on Instagram too. And the Jamie's Phuket Facebook Page has daily photos and you can ask questions there too.

So, how's the weather been getting on the last 6 months without the blog? Pretty good is the answer. The high season has been dry and hot. There was a fair amount of rain early in the season up to New Year, but we had several months of almost no rain, and as we got into April it was getting real hot. This could end up being an El Niño year. A very busy high season for me at Sunrise Divers, a very good year for diving - lots of big fish around like whalesharks and manta rays. Despite a general downturn in tourism due to things like last years coup and the weakness of the Euro (and the Ruble), it was a good year for us. In fact the last 2 years have seen the best diving here for years. Hoping for another good season in 2015 - 2016!

In an attempt to summarize the 2014 - 2015 high season from November to May, here are some photos from the last 6 months. I think during low season, as the weather in Phuket is more changeable, I might just update this blog more often, but if not, the best place for weather news is Twitter.

Sunset on 6th November

16th November - we found a nice spot for a drink at Mai Khao Beach

View over Karon Beach, 22nd November

Bang Wad Reservoir, 4th December

Karon Beach, 26th December .. exactly 10 years after the tsunami.

Kamala Beach, 28th December

Walking Street Market, Phuket Town, January 4th

Ya Nui Beach, 11th January

Walking to Tone Pariwat waterfall, 25th January

At Koh Panyee, Phang Nga Bay, 7th February

Cape Panwa, 21st February

In old Phuket Town, 8th March

Looking across Karon Beach, 9th March

Rawai Beach, 28th March

Ratchapruek flowers bloom in the hot season, 7th April

Patong Beach, 17th April

Racha Yai Island, 30th April

Yeh, Phuket is a good place to live! It's now mid May, kids have gone back to school this week to start their new school year. We just had a 10 day break from Phuket, a little holiday. I am heading back to the dive shop on Monday 17th. Normal life resumes! I do live in a beautiful place, but daily life is quite similar to anywhere else - work, school, cleaning up, shopping, fixing things, paying bills, waiting for the next holiday!

Hope to see you on Facebook, Twitter and on the Jamie's Phuket Blog.

Let's see what the low season brings ...

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Phuket Weather Review - High Season 2014 - 2015

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Windguru Forecast for Phuket

Windguru is probably the weather forecast I use most for Phuket. I find that most of the weather websites and news websites have very simple forecasts which for much of the year show a thunderstorm symbol meaning "chance of a thunderstorm". This is normally wrong, but it makes people worried. Sure in a tropical location you do have the chance of a thunderstorm, but that might last 1 hour and only affect a small part of Phuket. Of course there is no perfect forecast. I like Windguru because it shows wind and wave predictions, and since I manage a dive shop, this is more important than rain - you can dive in the rain, but you might want to reconsider in 25 knot winds and 3 meter waves! Windguru also has some rain prediction, I am not sure if that is really accurate, but overall I find Windguru to be pretty good.

Here's a forecast for the next 3 days for Phuket

For a full 1 week prediction, go to the Windguru Website : Phuket Forecast on Windguru

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Windguru Forecast for Phuket

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It's Only The Weather

I'd like to start with a poem about the weather.

Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not.
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot.
We'll weather the weather.
Whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not!

I started this Phuket Weather Blog in 2006 just after starting the Jamie's Phuket Blog. At one point, the weather blog was getting more visitors than the main Phuket blog, I guess because everyone worries about what the weather will be like on holiday. And I like to tell people "don't worry" .... I get many comments about holidays in the low season with sunny weather, or mostly sunny weather. Phuket is generally a hot tropical environment. There's lots of sun. But look around at all the green hills. That means there has to be rain too! Average yearly rainfall is somewhere around 2500mm or 100 inches. Compare that to a so-called rainy city in England - Manchester gets only about 800mm per year on average. Sounds scary, right? Phuket must be very wet! The thing is most rain falls in sudden downpours / thunderstorms. It's not drizzly English rain. So a sunny day might suddenly get an hour of rain. Does that make it a rainy day? What I am saying is - don't worry too much about the weather in Phuket. We don't get big storms, we don't get typhoons or cyclones. We do get some sh*tty days sometimes, and sometimes you get a few in a row, and if you are here on holiday with a mostly wet week, well, bad luck! You are one of the unlucky ones.

I'm trying to summarise the weather because of course many people ask me about it. Many questions about "what will the weather be like on this or that date?". Answer - I don't know exactly. Probably OK unless you are unlucky. Wettest months on average are October, September and May. But that does not mean it rains all the time and you'll probably have a nice trip in those months anyway. And you might come in December expecting "high season" weather and get 2 days of rain. It does rain in high season although the monthly averages for December, January and February in particular are low.

After 8 years of blogging the weather in Phuket I have no plan to stop this blog although want to spend more time on the Phuket Blog and with a full time job managing Sunrise Divers in high season and my family, something needs to take a break. So - next few months, the weather in Phuket is going to be mostly OK. It's high season now, the southwest winds have stopped, dive trips are going to the Similan islands, there may be more rain to come, but DON'T WORRY!

Want to get updates on the weather, well you can follow me on Twitter (@jamiemonk). I tend to mention the weather most days along with other Phuket news, photos etc.

And right here on this blog there are webcams so you can check the weather NOW.

Best webcam is the one at Karon Beach. There's also one at Patong beach.

And there's the weather radar, good for spotting rain before it gets here.

And you can ask questions about the weather or Phuket in general on my Facebook Page.

But for now, I think updating this blog is one too many things. See you on Twitter, Facebook or in Phuket!

(oh, by the way, today was partly sunny, partly cloudy, warm (some might say hot) and seas are calm)

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It's Only The Weather

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