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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.

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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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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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