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Phuket, September 16, 2014

September. I'll Remember.

Well, the last update on the Phuket weather blog was on August 24th, one day before my Mother's 70th birthday. Having been in England for 3 weeks already in July and August, I headed back again on the night of August 26th knowing that Mum was not going to be around much longer. This is a weather blog, so I won't dwell on the details, but Mum died on the night of August 28th. Cancer finally got her at the 4th attempt more than 20 years after she was within death's reach when cancer struck the first time. We didn't think she'd live to be 50. But she made 70. That's 20 years of fight. I gotta say I was not paying much attention to the Phuket weather news while I was in England. I heard something about rain and I guess some days were nice too. And while I was "back home" (although I feel very conflicted now about the definition of "home"), the weather was mostly very nice, a little cold for my taste, and some days with English style drizzle, but at least the day of the funeral was a perfect sunny day.

And now if you don't mind, a few photos of my Mum (and Dad) enjoying Thailand. My parents came over here many times. First time in 2002, and the last time in 2013.

Sadly, my Dad will not be coming again either. He was OK last year, but he has had a rapid onset of dementia. And unbelievably, just a few days after Mum passed away, Dad managed to fall over at his care home and break his hip. He's still in the hospital now. Oh, and let's add one more layer - a couple of days before Mum died, an uncle of mine died. And although it was unplanned, his funeral was at the same location with 45 minutes between his and Mum's funeral. So despite the sadness, it was a huge gathering of family and friends. In the sun. In England.

So, I have no weather news from August 27th to September 11th. I got back to Phuket last Thursday night, the runway was wet, but it was not actually raining. Weather was OK on the 12th, but rather wet for most of Saturday 13th. On a wet morning, what do we do? Head to the Central Festival mall! We had lunch there on Sunday, visited the bank and did some light shopping. I then slept half the afternoon catching up with the flight, having been to work all day on Friday. On Saturday evening, the weather looked just about OK for a visit to The Beach Bar at Cape Panwa, just opened after the low season. They normally wait until October and might be wishing they had! We were the only ones eating dinner, although one guy stopped for a beer. There was no sunset for lovely photos and a light rain did start to fall as we were finishing our meal.

(above) At the Beach Bar, 13th September

And the last 2 days have been mostly wet and windy. Really windy at times, knocked over a few trees, like this one I saw in the Phuket Gazette...

Nobody hurt thankfully. My garden is a bit of a mess too. And I know lots of tours like boat trips and diving have been cancelled the last 2 days.

The forecast says that tomorrow will be wet and windy too and then things get better for a while. I doubt this is the end of the low season, it's a bit too early for that. I imagine more wet weather will come during the vegetarian festival which starts on the 23rd.

Next weather blog update will be a little more detailed.

A reminder that you can always see what the weather is like in Phuket by checking these live webcams ...

Karon Beach Webcam
Patong Beach Webcam

Or use any of the links on the left of the page for weather information.

And for photos and regular Phuket news, photos and weather updates, please do follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

See you in Phuket!

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Phuket, August 24, 2014

August. Die She Must.

Rather a sad title for this Phuket weather update. It's a lyric from the Simon and Garfunkel song 'April Come She Will'. As you may have read on the last update (August 12th), I was in England for 3 weeks from mid July to stay with my Mum who has cancer again. I came back to Phuket on August 6th. I'm going back to England again next week and hoping Mum will still be alive when I get there. Her 70th birthday is tomorrow, August 25th.

I'm going to update the last 12 days weather in reverse order. Next update will be when I get back from England. Not 100% sure when that will be. You can always see what the weather is like in Phuket by checking these webcams ...

Karon Beach Webcam
Patong Beach Webcam

Or use any of the links on the left of the page for weather information.

And for photos and regular Phuket news and weather updates, please do follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Let's start with today - August 24th. Hot start to the day, I did my morning walk at Bang Wad Reservoir, dark clouds did appear, but we still had decent weather when we went for lunch at Laem Hin Seafood.

(above) the jetty at Laem Hin, 24th August 2014

There was some rain around during the day, but we missed it. If you see dark clouds, if it's raining where you are ... take a drive! Head towards the brighter skies - the rain is often very localised in the Phuket area.

August 23rd - decent weather, mostly sunny. A morning at home, we had electricians in the house fitting 2 new water heaters in our bathrooms, then we headed into Phuket Town, kids for art class and my wife and I to drink coffee! We tried a new place called the "B Cat Cafe", which has cats in the cafe - it was OK, maybe a tad overpriced and then a longer sit with coffee at Since 1892, a nice place on Thalang Road.

August 22nd - a working day for me, the weather was OK as I recall. It did piss down for a few minutes in the morning, but the afternoon was lovely, and I even got a nice sunset while stuck in traffic (see below) ...

August 21st - a Tweet said "Phuket weather today : kind of grey, not sunny, not wet, not too grey"

Some low season days are nice, some are not, and some are just kind of grey.

August 20th - I must have been busy at work because my only Tweet for the day said "Morning weather in Phuket : grey. Rained a bit during the night."

August 19th - "Phuket weather this morning - lovely and sunny, though I did see a dark cloud hovering over the hills."

August 18th - The morning Tweet said "Current weather at Karon beach, Phuket ... rain. Not a beach day" but things got better and I was in Phuket Town in the evening to meet fellow blogger Tim (see Tim in Phuket) for some dinner, although it seems Monday evening is not the right evening for town, pretty much all closed! We found ourselves in Kopi de Phuket, an old cafe which has been there for a long time, I am sure it was there when I first came to Phuket. While wandering I took a sunset photo along Thalang Road ...

(above) in old Phuket Town, August 18th 2014

August 17th - lovely hot sunny day. And a very lazy day including several beers at a friend's house while our kids played guitar.

(above) Skies over my house, August 17th :)

August 16th - My first Tweet of the day : "Really really wet morning at my house in Phuket .. heavy rain for hours, thunder, no sign of a let up yet."

It was indeed a very wet morning, some minor floods on roads around Phuket Town and in Patong, but by 11am we drove to the Central Festival mall with no problems, had lunch there and with the skies clearing we took a drive to the north of Phuket. We stopped at Layan beach, which we'd not been to for a few years. I wanted to check on the progress of the army plan to return Phuket beaches to nature. Well, Layan was always pretty natural, and still looks nice ...

(above) August 16th at Layan Beach after a wet morning ... don't let the rain deter you for having a good day, it's not raining everywhere! I've just posted a new blog post on Jamie's Phuket about Layan Beach.

August 15th - WET! Very wet. Well, I saw photos online of flooded roads in Patong, but I drove 20km to work at Karon beach and did not see any floods myself. But yes it was a wet morning!

August 14th - a beautiful sunny day (no sign of the rain to come!)

August 13th "Weather this morning ... undecided. Sun and dark clouds. Probably raining in some parts of Phuket, but sunny at my house :)"

IMPORTANT - If you are in Phuket in the low season and it's raining where you are ... MOVE! Hire a car, take a taxi, take a trip, it might well be nice weather if you drive 20 minutes. Sure there are plenty of things to do on a rainy day in Phuket, but do keep in mind that it's not going to be wet everywhere and not going to be wet all day.

I'll be off to England next week, and not 100% sure when I will be back. Some time in September. Hopefully in time for the Phuket Vegetarian Festival which starts September 23rd. If you are coming to Phuket soon, enjoy!

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Phuket, August 12, 2014

It's August! What's the weather like in Phuket?

If you are a follower of this weather blog or just looking in for the latest Phuket weather information ... sorry there has been on update for 1 month (last update July 12th). This is because I spent 3 weeks in England, got back 5 days ago and only just feel human again. A very odd 3 weeks, since I had not been in England since 1999 and was there not for holiday, but to stay with my Mum who has cancer (again, this is her 4th time) and to spend time with my Dad who has had a rapid onset of dementia and is now in a care home. So, not a holiday. The weather in Southeast England during my 3 week stay was actually very good, most days sunny with temperatures in the 20's Celsius. Anything less than 20 and I felt cold. I vaguely kept up with the Phuket weather reports while I was away, but it was not important. It's low season in Phuket, the weather is changeable. You get sun, you get rain, you get cloudy days, you get lovely days. Sometimes the wind blows and there are big waves, sometimes the sea is calm. Low season in Phuket you have to take with a pinch of salt and accept what you are given. But at least the hotels are cheap!

If this Phuket weather blog is a bit behind on the updates, you can still see what the weather is like now - check the webcams ...

Karon Beach Webcam
Patong Beach Webcam

Or use any of the links on the left of the page for weather information.

For photos and regular Phuket news and weather updates, please do follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

So I can't really update you on the weather from the last month. I guess it was OK. I got back here on the night of August 6th, thanks to Emirates for the upgrade to Business Class for the London to Dubai half of the journey. Got out of Phuket airport after 9pm and went straight to the nearest noodle shop! You can't get 40 Baht bowls of noodles in England :)

On August 7th I did not wake up until 10:30am. And it was a nice day! In the late afternoon we headed to Sapan Hin park in the south of Phuket Town for our kids to do Thai boxing class and for us to take a walk. Sapan Hin is a popular spot for people to come and exercise or just sit and have a snack (there are plenty of food stalls around). Weather was good.

We also stopped in at Sapan Hin shrine ....

We did get a brief thunderstorm later, a quite normal end to a hot day!

August 8th and 9th - back to work at Sunrise Divers. We're still in the middle of low season. Our "high season" for diving coincides with the weather, since our main destination for diving, the Similan Islands, is only officially open from October 15th to May 15th. So our dive shop is quiet, but plenty of emails and office work to be done :)

August 10th - a day off with several weather Tweets ...

"Hot, sunny morning in Phuket ... clouds building now and not much wind, so could be some thunder this afternoon."

and later ...

"I was right. Heavy shower as I left the house to buy milk at 7 eleven. Just washed the car this morning too dammit!"

Heavy rain for an hour, lots of water on the roads (some might say "floods") but the rain stopped and the sun came out and the water drained away. Not untypical tropical weather. Oh yeh, and we had a "supermoon" though it looked to me like a normal moon.

(above) Supermoon?

Well, the last 2 days (August 11th and 12th) have been very nice! Winds have died down, hardly any waves, lots of blue skies and a few little showers. The kind of days I'd like to be relaxing and not working. I did take a little walk on Karon Beach yesterday morning...

(above) Karon beach, 11th August. Big waves gone, lovely day to be on holiday in Phuket!

And this morning I stopped on the hill between Patong and Karon where you find the Karon Hill hotel and Centara Villas. Nice view from up there!

(above) View of Karon Beach, 12th August 2014

I hope to update a bit more regularly for the rest of the low season. If you are in Phuket during the next couple of months - enjoy what sunshine you get and don't worry too much about rain. Carpe Diem.

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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.

Reminder - please do follow me on Twitter for weather updates, Phuket news, photos and Phuket blog updates. Cheers!

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