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.
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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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