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Phuket, April 21, 2014

April 2014 Weather in Phuket : Mostly Hot. Some Showers.


April is doing exactly as April should here in Phuket. After the weather "broke" at the end of March, we've had a few more showers, but mostly very hot weather with people even dying from heatstroke last week. That is extreme, but it does need to be stressed - most of the time Phuket is HOT. You need to make sure that you stay hydrated, don't get *too* much sun. It's OK for me, I am used to it, but if you visit from chilly Europe, you can easily get dehydrated. And I hate to say it, but beer is not the cure! This is the HOT season right now. There is very little wind, the days are hot and the nights are not really cool either! The heat can build up until a thunderstorm clears the air, every day or 3 there will be localised thunder, nothing to really spoil a holiday and (believe it or not) actually quite welcome after all the heat.

The last update on the Phuket weather blog was April 7th, 2 weeks ago. So I will now add some photos and Tweets from the last 2 weeks. It's April 21st today and I start a little holiday tomorrow. a couple of weeks not in Phuket! We'll be up and down the east coast of Thailand from Nakorn Si Thammarat to Chumphon to Hua Hin, maybe to Kanchanaburi, west of Bangkok, maybe hop over to the west coast to Ranong or maybe go to Koh Samui on the east coast. No fixed plan, but I am happy to have a break after a busy high season.

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Moving on from the past... Here's a morning photo from April 9th. This is taken at the Bang Wad reservoir in Kathu, located in the hills behind Phuket Country Club golf course. Over the last month I have been here for a morning walk (6.5km around the reservoir) as many mornings as possible. It had rained a bit on the 8th, but only the usual brief downpour. Cleared the air nicely.



April 10th .. hot and a bit hazy.

If you want a good place to check the weather, try the Webcam at Patong Beach. And the company who operate the cam have a Youtube account, with timelapse videos of the webcam footage being uploaded most days. Here's April 10th ::



April 11th I did not Tweet about the weather or take a photo, I think this was due to being very busy at the dive shop. Because on the 12th and 13th we closed for the Songkran Festival. Here in Phuket, we really only "do" Songkran on the 13th, except I know in Patong the water fights start on the 12th. Anyway, it was nice to have a whole weekend to relax! Weather was hot on Saturday, I did some work around our house and found an unwelcome visitor hiding near the washing machine...



(above) Scorpion in my garden, April 12th :) No, I did not kill it, just threw it into next door's garden.

April 13th - SONGKRAN! I had prepared on the 12th and purchased a box of 24 bottles of Chang. No crazy party this year, only a bunch of drinks and a BBQ at the Easy Day Thailand office in Kathu, while throwing water at people passing by.



April 14th, and back to work ... Sunny at Karon beach, though a friend in the Phuket Town area Tweeted that it was raining hard. Again, just a brief shower, and sometimes it can rain in one part of Phuket and not another. Little thunderstorms can cover just a small area. It was very hot after Songkran. Photo below taken at a small roadside restaurant called Nong Built, opposite Karon post office. Good cheap local food here! It felt hotter than 32 degrees!



16th April .. more heat. I Tweeted "Phuket weather this morning : Bl**dy hot and feels very humid too. I will hide in the aircon office at Sunrise Divers all day."

17th April "Woken up to a grey, drizzly morning", but the rain stopped, so I was off for my morning exercise at the reservoir.



(above) 17th April at the reservoir. Early morning rain all gone, but the reservoir is looking quite empty. Not critical yet, but we need lots of rain in the next few months. Sorry if you are coming soon, but I want some rain :)

After work on the 17th I stopped at a bar in the hills over Patong for a sunset beer. I had meant to stop here for a long time, finally did, and will stop again - it's blogged on Jamie's Phuket : Wassa Homemade Bar.



(above) Sunset, April 17th :)

18th April started wet. I Tweeted "It's a bit of a wet morning ... Grey skies , rumbles of thunder and rain" and the local new posted photos of flooded roads on Facebook. Don't panic unless I tell you to panic, OK? Flooded road photos sell newspapers. In Phuket you sometimes get very brief floods lasting about an hour when there is heavy rain. In low season, occasionally several hours. On April 18th morning I drove 20km to work from Kathu (near Phuket Town) via Patong to Karon beach. No flooded roads. The art of news is to find one flooded road and sell it as PHUKET FLOODS! Yes, I am a cynic. In the afternoon, some customers came into the dive shop and said the day had been great. The morning rain had them worried, but it cleared up and the day was pretty sunny. This is normal.

19th April. Lovely day. Starting with a walk at the reservoir again. A Chinese shrine at the reservoir was officially opened last month, with steps leading up from one end of the dam. As part of my morning walk, I walked up the steps. Steep! Ouch! But nice view back along the dam ...



And in the evening, well .. wow .. very nice sunset at The Beach Bar. One of our favourite places, on the beach at Cape Panwa.



(above) Sunset in Phuket, 19th April

And the last 2 days have been hot and mostly sunny too. I am still in Phuket tomorrow, but will be away for a couple of weeks after that. I will also be watching the webcams on this blog (at Patong Beach / Karon Beach / Surin Beach) to check on Phuket weather while we take a family holiday up and down the east coast of Thailand. See you soon!


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Phuket, April 7, 2014

April in Phuket : Hot with Some Thunder


Welcome to April! The Songkran Festival is just round the corner (13th April) and the weather is HOT, just as you'd expect. The last update on the Phuket weather blog was March 16th and we'd just had our first rain for over 2 months. It really has been a dry high season in 2014. On March 15th there was some afternoon rain for maybe 1 hour. Exciting news! Next day was a bit grey, but nice (for a local) to have a cooler day!

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On March 19th I Tweeted "Phuket weather - back to sun and blue skies the last 2 days after the clouds broke on Saturday and a grey Sunday."

That week was again mostly very hot, but unlike the months before the "first rain" at least we had some clouds in the sky.

On March 22nd, a Tweet "Such a hot day today ... The real "hot season" is here." - What is the HOT season? Well, it's NOW! It's when the northeast winds stop blowing, so you lose that cooling effect. The days are hot, and all that heat sometimes leads to thunderstorms. Often in the middle of the day or in the night. On the 22nd, 1 week since the last rain, we had a little rain in the night. I checked the rain gauge next day, it was only 8mm, compared to 15mm the week before.



(above) Sunset in the rear view mirror, before the rain on 22nd March

I do apologise if updates are sometimes a bit lacking - I am working 6 days per week in high season at Sunrise Divers. Sometimes forget to Tweet or take any kind of photo. Anyway, the weather in the week after 22nd March was again hot, sunny, nothing to report!



(above) Timelapse video showing weather at Patong Bay on March 26th, from the Webcam.



(above) View over Karon Beach, March 28th. You get this view on the road to Karon from Patong. Always been a favourite view.

And then, would you believe it ... March 29th we had another little shower of rain in the night (14mm at my house), one week after the last rain and 2 weeks after the "first rain" ... 3 Saturdays in a row. Only Saturdays. Next morning, 30th March, all blue skies again ...



(above) Blue skies at the traffic lights between Phuket Town and Patong, 30th March 2014

On March 31st I Tweeted about the heat, and later in the evening "I can see flashes of lightning to the North. Must be raining somewhere! Where I am (Kathu) it's dry, hot and the air is still." (Kathu is my area, it's in between Phuket Town and the hills, to the east of Patong beach). Now Like I say, heat + no wind = thunder. We did not get it on the 30th, but on the 31st we got some heavy rain, and there was even some localised flooding in some places round the island. Not that much at my house, but the power went off for an hour. The morning of the 31st was sunny, clouds started to gather, but there was no rain until the night. Was thundery and wet for an hour. I measured 25mm of rain. Exact rain does vary around the island. And while I had a 1 hour power outage, one friend told me at his house it was off for 5 hours.

But on April 1st I was up early for my exercise at Bang Wad Reservoir. It's just over 6.5km to walk a circuit of the reservoir. On April 1st the clouds were hanging over the hills and the morning was nice and fresh.



(above) View of our clouded hills, walking around Bang Wad reservoir, 1st April

The April 1st Tweet "And this morning here at Karon beach, it's very grey with a few drips of rain falling. This really is the first grey, wet day for 3 months!" - no joke! We did actually have a grey day and then I suddenly got many messages via email, Twitter, Facebook .. people fretting about the weather. OMG! Rain! We're coming next week! Forecast says rain!

Chill out. One wet day after 3 months of dry weather? What's to worry about?!

April is normally HOT, very HOT. There will be occasional rain or thunderstorms, this is tropical weather. Phuket is a tropical island. Look at all the green jungly hills... how do they get so green? RAIN! But there's more sun that rain, there's really no reason to worry about the weather in Phuket.

Yes we had a bit of rain this week. It was nice! A Tweet from later on April 1st "After last night's rain and a grey morning, the afternoon in Phuket was brighter and even sunny later on." - See? Nothing to worry about!

April 2nd was hot and sunny. April 3rd started grey with rumbles of thunder. Here's another view at the reservoir (yes, I am trying to do plenty of exercise this year!) ...



(above) April 3rd started cloudy and thundery ... And later on a Tweet "P*ssing down with rain now at Karon Beach. Don't suppose it will last long though.". And it did not last long. A couple of hours later, another Tweet "A Tweet for those who worry about the weather - the afternoon in Phuket is now hot and sunny." :)

A Tweet from April 4th "How was the weather in Phuket today? Started cloudy and grey and has got brighter. Now a sunny late afternoon."

April 5th, I was up early on a Saturday .. normally my day off, but we had a big group of divers today and I wanted to make sure everything went off without a problem. But it was a wet start to the day ...



(above) Wet morning at home, April 5th. And when I got to Karon Beach, it was also very grey, but cleared up later.

April 6th - yesterday, Sunday. HOT AND SUNNY. And I got sunburn working round the house for a couple of hours. A real scorcher of a day. And today, April 7th, has been the same. A cool, drizzly day now and then is very nice. But in April, most days will be hot and sunny.



(above) My view at lunchtime today at the Sala Bua restaurant next door to Sunrise Divers.

Weather forecast ... HOT AND SUNNY with some rain and thunder now and then. It's April. Enjoy the heat. Enjoy Songkran!

Cheers from Phuket.



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Phuket, March 16, 2014

Phuket Weather - March 2014. Wow! Rain!


A new update for the Phuket weather blog - there really has been no need to update much for a few months. The words "Hot", "Sunny", "Blue Skies", "Breezy" were enough. The last update at the end of February was easy to write - no change in the weather. I had last seen rainfall in the first week of January and that was only a very light rain. So if you have been in Phuket the last few months, I reckon you can't complain about the weather! Or can you? Well I am quite sure if you visit for 2 weeks, then 2 weeks of sunshine is great. But of course we do need rain. This is a tropical land, and after a couple of dry months, you can see the hillsides looking a bit yellow, plus Phuket has a huge demand was water supplies. So, sorry if some rain spoils your holiday, but we need it! If you want a guarantee of no rain, the Atacama desert is nice :)

The sky over the last couple of weeks has been just about cloudless. My son and I took a walk up a hill near our house on March 2nd - he said it was his new favourite place, it was like going traveling! Bless his cotton socks.



Please do follow me on Twitter for regular updates on Phuket. The weather gets mentioned, photos get posted, Phuket news is Tweeted.

For a "right now" check on the weather, look at one of the webcams on this blog - at Karon Beach, Patong Beach or Surin Beach. Better if you look during daylight hours. We are at GMT (UTC) + 7 hours.

I've not been taking so many photos recently, mostly just working hard at the dive shop (Sunrise Divers). Divers have been having some great dives recently. A few days ago, some customers doing a "Discover Scuba Diving" trip for first time divers saw this ....



(above) 14th March at Racha Yai island. Whaleshark!

More photos will come soon, once low season hits and I have 2 days off every week, we're planning some weekend trips for the family, and I will go and buy a new camera soon. Sold my Canon 60D a while ago, trying to survive using only the iPhone, but ... I need a camera. Anyone got one they can donate? I might just buy a 60D again, but ever so tempted by a 7D.

Here's a sunset photo from March 8th ...



The photo above was originally posted on Instagram - please do follow me there too - instagram.com/phuketblog thanks :)

And another cloudless sky on March 12th .. this little temple is right outside the dive shop.



And then the big news! Yesterday, 15th March ... well, there was some cloud in the morning, but it burned off .. but then came back as the wind dropped - the wind helps to blow the cloud away. Heat + no wind = thunderstorm. It was only a little one, rained for maybe 15 minutes, but anyway, it was nice! Washed all the dirt off my roof, scared my cats .. I did a video and put it on Instagram :



Then I headed into Phuket Town to visit the camera shop and for a late lunch at Kopitiam. A final photo for this weather update - if you ride a moped in the rain, it's easy to keep dry - just carry an umbrella! Photo snapped from car window at the traffic lights by the Tesco Lotus store, huge roadworks going on there, building an underpass. Yes, Phuket is now busy enough to need underpasses.



(above) No need to get wet in the rain!

Today, March 16th, has been quite grey, no rain, and sun did break out in the afternoon. The wind has dropped, which means (I think) we have hit the real hot season. Hot, windless days and occasional thunderstorms. That's my Phuket weather forecast for the next few weeks.

If you are coming to Phuket and have not booked a hotel yet - look at Agoda.com or the new Top 10 Phuket Hotels list on Jamie's Phuket Blog. See you in Phuket!


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Phuket, February 27, 2014

February 2014 Weather in Phuket


Rainfall this month, February 2014 : ZERO. This is not actually unusual, as January and February are the driest months on average (see Phuket Rain Averages). The last rain that I saw was on January 7th, so we're close to 2 months now. That's a bit too much - the hills are noticeably dry, looking a bit yellow - and last week there was news of a brush fire on Monkey Hill in Phuket Town, with about 2 Rai (3200 square meters) of trees being burned. And the sky with no clouds. The heat was hot and the ground was dry, but the air was full of sound. Not quite a desert yet! Phuket is actually very green.

If you follow me on Twitter I do mention the weather most days, although this month it has been very repetitive. A cloud in the sky is news. The weather has been like this ...



The diving has been great (not that I have been .. only office work for me!) Lots of sightings of whalesharks and manta rays in February. Still just over 2 months of the main diving season to go. If you are a diver, see you at Sunrise Divers!

During daylight hours, best place to see the weather is one of the webcams - at Karon Beach, Patong Beach or Surin Beach.

So, quick summary - February 2014 in Phuket has been hot, sunny, sometimes a bit breezy, no rain. See you here!

If you need a hotel - try booking at Agoda.com, or look at the new Top 10 Phuket Hotels list I just blogged on Jamie's Phuket.


Some photos from the last month ...



(above) Sunset, 1st February 2014



(above) At Bang Wad Reservoir in the morning, 4th February. I have been here for a morning walk/jog many times this month.



(above) 8th February - CLOUDS! But no rain.



(above) On top of Rang Hill in Phuket Town, 15th February. You can see the grass looks very yellow. Rain, please!



(above) Sunset on 15th February, photo taken at The Beach Bar, Cape Panwa.



(above) View over Patong, 20th February - view from up on the road called Hasip Pee Road on the mountain.



(above) 22nd February, another perfect Phuket sunset :)



(above) and another sunset, 25th February.

Weather forecast : hot and sunny for a few more weeks, but sometime in March there has to be a break in the weather, a few little thunderstorms with 20 minutes of heavy rain would be great.

And that's the weather. See you in Phuket!


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Phuket, January 29, 2014

January 2014 Weather in Phuket


It's been quite few weeks since the last Phuket weather update - actually it was just after New Year and now January is nearly done! And it's New Year again (Chinese) - January 31st is Chinese New Year's Day, and it's the year of the horse. There's a little 1 night festival at Sanam Chai park in Phuket Town on the 31st and then coming up the week after is the Phuket Old Town Festival (7 - 9 February) and the Chalong Temple Fair is also on over the next 10 days or so ...

I normally refer to my Twitter feed for a look back at the recent weather, but this time, I can simply summarise by saying that the last 3+ weeks has been sunny and dry. No rain. Maybe a few drops somewhere, but I've not seen anything and certainly no heavy rain for a long time - no surprise, since January and February are the driest months of the year.

For regular mentions of Phuket weather, almost daily plus Phuket news and anything else I feel like saying .. please do follow me on Twitter - https://twitter.com/jamiemonk. And please do *like* the Phuket Blog page on Facebook. I normally post something on there daily. And of course ... please do check Jamie's Phuket Blog, where you can find ideas for things to do, hotels, places to eat, info about festivals and temples and lots of photos!

Let's look back over the last few weeks with some photos ...



(above) at Bang Wad Reservoir, January 6th

Oh, and I was there on the 9th too (below) ... it's a regular spot for exercise. A walk/jog around the reservoir is 6.5km





(above) Sunset on January 11th. Our son's 9th birthday :)



(above) January 12th in the evening we went for a family birthday treat to the Siam Niramit show :)

And for the next week - really busy at the dive shop (Sunrise Divers) so I was not thinking about blogs or photos for a few days. Weather - hot and sunny of course although there has also been some COLD weather lately - yes, cold! My thermometer has shown temperatures as low as 23°C :) And I heard of some people measuring a bone chilling 19°C in parts of Phuket. In Bangkok morning temperatures have been 18 or less, and in parts of the hilly North of Thailand things have been real cold - under 10°C and even frosty on high ground! All I can say is ... to me, 23 Celsius feels chilly!



(above) 18th January at The Beach Bar. Weather : Perfect.

And more busy days at work combined with extreme laziness ... so not many photos taken ... but if you want to know the weather you can check the webcams (see links on the left side of the blog page) or ask me a question on Twitter or Facebook :)

Let's finish with a photo from today. I stopped for a few minutes at Kata beach before heading home ...



(above) Kata Beach sunset, 29th January 2014

No sign of any change in the weather. Likely to be warm, sunny, dry, a bit windy for the next few weeks!

See you in Phuket!


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