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Phuket Weather August 2015

In the song "April Come She Will", Paul Simon sings "August Die She Must". A lot of my thoughts have been on August 2014. My mother passed away in the early hours of August 29th, just over a year ago. I had spent 3 weeks in England in mid July and early August, and was still somehow hopeful that she'd fight off the Big C again. But within a week of coming back to Phuket, the family was suggesting that I should get to England again. So I flew back just a couple of days before she left us. Dad, meanwhile, had been placed in a care home, as his dementia had got worse. He's still in care now. While I was there, just after Mum died, Dad fell and broke his hip. Oh I can't tell you what a fun couple of weeks I had in early September 2014. I'm heading back for a couple of weeks soon to see Dad and family. So I won't be in Phuket for half of September.

Here's a quick review of the weather in Phuket during August 2015 looking back at what I posted on Twitter and with some photos. Please do Follow Me on Twitter (@jamiemonk) for weather news, Phuket news, idle chat .. and you can ask questions on Twitter too :) I tend to mention the weather most days.

August had it all. Some really wet days and some really, really lovely sunny days. A typical mix for low season. People often ask "what will the weather be like on these dates : xyz to xyz?" I don't know. Weather changes all the time. If you are coming in low season, you might be lucky, or you might get wet!

First couple of days of August I was not in Phuket - we took a long weekend trip to Chumphon, my wife's hometown. About 380km door to door. Not too far for a long weekend!

Drove back on August 2nd ....

And looked like it had been dry for the 3 days we were away. Our garden was all dry.

And then August 3rd, rain. Lots of rain. I had a tricky drive to work, through some small floods, worrying that my little Honda City would not make it!

August 4th, forecast was awful, but the weather was actually good! Until the night time when the rain lashed down again.

August 5th I Tweeted "After a wet, wet night it's a grey morning here."

August 6th the weather Tweet said "Good morning from a grainy Phuket (grainy = grey + rainy)"

August 7th - a really wet and windy day, yuk!

August 8th - grey, cloudy, a few sunny spells, windy.

August 9th - "Sunday morning weather in Phuket ... very windy, but lots of clear blue sky."

Weather was OK for the kids to enjoy some time at the Phuket Wake Park.

August 13th - started dry and got sunny, hooray! And during the next few days, there were several drownings at different beaches. BIG WAVES = DON'T SWIM! Please!

August 15th .. we drove to Phang Nga and went White Water Rafting!

Great day! After the rafting, we headed to Khao Lak and checked in at The Leaf On The Sands hotel. Great!

Read more about out weekend - Rafting and Staying in Khao Lak.

And we got very lucky with the weather - you can see earlier in August some wet days, but on 15th and 16th, great weather!

Khao Lak - Nangthong Beach

(above) Khao Lak, morning of 16th August. My son and his buddies enjoying perfect low season beach time!

August 17th, a sunny Monday, but a very sad evening for Thailand - the bomb at the Erawan Shrine took everyone by surprise. Nothing like this has happened before. I tried following updates on Twitter, but conflicting reports came in thick and fast. It was a bad night.

August 18th a day to think about what had happened last night, the weather seemed unimportant. It was sunny in Karon beach while I worked. My wife told me it piss3d down in Kathu where we live.

(above) Perfect on August 19th

August 20th started grey, got wet and then very wet, a few more little floods here and there.

August 21st was mostly grey

August 22nd mostly wet! But cleared up in the late afternoon. So me and the boy went for some exercise at Bang Wad Reservoir.

August 23rd - much nicer, thanks! We took a drive to Surin and Laem Sing beach, and still had time to let the kids have a couple of hours at the wake park.

August 24th, woke to the sound of rain. But things got nicer. A mostly sunny day.

August 25th. A day to remember what would have been Mum's 71st birthday. Weather was OK.

August 26th (above) . Want a typical low season day? That's it. A bit sunny, a bit cloudy, might rain, might not rain.

August 27th, and there did arrive on the land of Phuket a blanket of haze. Or something. Was it from fires burning in Sumatra? Or just a kind of fog? Not sure!

August 28th was still hazy. The 29th started sunny, got rainy, then sunny again. Kids were at the wake park all day! I had one of my house and garden work days. Ah yes it's not all cocktails on the beach living in Phuket. There's real life to get on with, bills to pay, family to look after. But I'd certainly rather be here than England.

August 30th - planned to drive to Nai Yang beach, but got stuck shopping in the Central Festival mall :) Ah well. But in the evening, headed into town. The Por Tor Festival has started.

August 31st - was there any weather? Nothing to report!

September is typically quite wet, but has not been wet these first couple of days. I hope England is not too cold!

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Phuket Weather August 2015

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Phuket Weather Review July 2015

August is with us already (it's the 5th today). The weather so far this month has been typically mixed. Every day different. If you ask me for a weather forecast any time in low season, I will say "mixed". Today was wet, yesterday was sunny, the day before wet, the day before that was sunny. Wanna guess for tomorrow? Basically, if you are here in Phuket during low season (meaning any time mid May - mid October) expect some sun, some rain, some really nice days and (sorry) some rather cr*ppy days!

Here's a quick review of July 2015 using Twitter and some photos. Please do Follow Me on Twitter (@jamiemonk) for weather news, Phuket news, idle chat .. and you can ask questions on Twitter too :) I tend to mention the weather most days.

On Saturday July 4th, a day with no work ... and a typical low season day. Tweet says "A few minutes ago it was pissing down, now sunny with blue skies overhead. On a windy day the showers can pass very quickly!"

Not an ideal day for a day out, but we got to Phuket Town later for dinner at Kopitiam, a regular favourite.

July 5th - similar weather to the 4th, windy, big waves and showers.

July 6th - worse!

And July 7th, also crap!

July 8th, after several wet days in a row (yes this can happen, bad luck if it happens to you!) things were a bit nicer, but I got some kind of stomach bug and spent most of the 8th and 9th in bed. Managed a half day at Sunrise Divers on the 10th.

In fact when I look back, early July was all pretty grey and wet! The 11th was a day of heavy showers and sudden sunny bursts.

July 12th looked better ...

And the evening was good enough for a walk and snack at the old town Sunday market ...

13th however was back to grey and showery weather. July 14th also wet, plus the power was off all day in Karon, so I closed up the dive shop early and answered emails at home. Yeh, now I look at it, half of July was not the best weather! The 15th was also sunshine and showers.

July 17th afternoon we planned to watch the new Terminator movie, but found out it had finished the day before! So we spent the money on lunch at Wine Connection :)

And then a walk at Bang Wad reservoir in Kathu ...

July 18th - sun in the morning, rain later.

July 19th, despite a wet start, we headed out to do some exploring in Phang Nga to the north of Phuket :)

We visited Bang Pat village, very popular with local tourists at weekends, and specially this weekend after Ramadan, lots of Muslims out for a big meal!

And then in the evening, me and the boy went to watch Phuket FC v Songkhla ...

July 20th, another somewhat grey day with some rain, the 21st a little nicer, no rain.

And the 22nd suddenly much, much better weather.

And July 23rd ...

Now that's what I call a nice day! At Karon beach, which had seen big waves the week before, it was like high season.

July 24th (Friday) also very nice, so .. looking good for the weekend.

We got this on Saturday morning (25th) :

Yes it had started sunny, but then the rain really came down hard for an hour.

But things got a lot better so we could take the kids to Phuket Wake Park for a couple of hours.

(above) at the wake park on July 25th.

July 26th another sunny day with some showers.

July 30th was the start of the 3 day Kathu village street culture festival - lots of colour and local food. We just missed the main parade, but I found some of the participants on the street later ...

And on July 31st we drove off Phuket up to Chumphon about 400km north for a few days visiting my wife's family.

And that was July 2015 in Phuket! It was quite damp I suppose. But many days were very nice and much of the time the rain here is not that heavy, bring a light raincoat and a small umbrella and you can do just about anything you want, just there might not be clear blue skies. Hoping for a great August! Cheers!

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Phuket Weather Review July 2015

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It's July in Phuket .. How was June?

Well, when we last updated the Phuket weather blog in early June, it looked like the real low season was about to kick off after a very wet period, followed by a few nice days - this always happens at the start of low season ... then just as we think it's getting nice, some real bad weather starts! Well, the high season had been long and hot. And much of June was pretty good too. I saw on the news that many places around the world had their hottest ever June. Weather is definitely a bit f*cked up. And this is an El Niño year, with recent reports suggesting this El Niño may last through to 2016. El Niño tends to make things a bit tipsy turvy or, in other words, f*cked up. Record temperatures, record rainfalls, more storms, more drought, less rainfall .. depends on the location. Can we control this? No. Should we worry? Not really, not in the short term. Long term, y'all might want to thing about energy use, carbon emissions and recycling. Every little helps.

Let's have a look through June with the help of Twitter and some photos. Please do Follow Me on Twitter for weather news, Phuket news, idle chat .. and you can ask questions on Twitter too :) I tend to mention the weather most days. Last blog update was June 2nd, so let's recap the month of June 2015 ....

Weather looking good! June can be rather random at the best of times. For example Jun 2009 was dry - only 50mm rain. June 2010 saw 500mm of rain!

June 5th started sunny and then later ...

June 6th (above) a "stay home" day .. got to do gardening sometimes!

June 7th we did manage to get out a bit ...

(above) View from Khao To Sae, also called Monkey Hill.

And even a nice sunset from our house later ...

June 8th started sunny, but ...

And then ...

(above) Last 2 Tweets both from June 8th, typical low season weather. Might rain a bit, and then before you can finish lunch it's all sunny again!

June 9th, the weather was "grey, not sure which shade of grey. But it's a light grey. Chance of rain. Chance of sun."

June 10th was "perfect, if a little hot."

June 10th and 11th I had to visit Phuket immigration for my 1 year visa renewal, mostly simple, a few paperwork issues, like copies of my work permit being landscape when they need to be portrait.

June 11th weather was "slightly cloudy, or partly sunny depending on your mood."

June 12th I Tweeted the weather a few times, as it went from sunny to rainy to sunny.

June 13th a bit of a wet Saturday and we had a new bed delivered Friday, so comfy that we did not wake up until 10:30am Saturday.

(above) June 14th was a bit wet, but dried up in the evening so we could visit the Sunday walking street market.

June 15th, 16th and 17th were all rather wet ...

Especially the 17th!

But things got better ...

June 19th I took a longer lunch as the power went off at the dive shop, so closed up for a while and headed to Rawai for lunch at Lucky 13 Sandwich. Good sarnis - recommended!

June 21st a lovely day, not perfectly sunny, but we took an exploratory drive around an area of Phang Nga province, just over the bridge from Phuket. A big area that we'd never seen before.

(above) A couple of view from our drive on June 21st

By June 22nd the weather had totally improved ...

June 23rd a much nicer day to visit Sunrise Divers and book some diving!

June 24th the weather Tweet was "some sun, some cloud, light winds, maybe a chance of light rain ... maybe not."

June 25th very similar ... "rather like yesterday, a bit grey, might get brighter, or might get greyer. Yesterday turned out OK."

And the 26th ... "kind of greyish here in Phuket again. No wind, no rain, will it get sunny today?"

Several greyish, hazy days with some sun and hardly any wind. Good diving days!

June 26th - a meal at 'Da Sandro', an Italian place that just opened last month in Kathu. Good food - to be blogged on Jamie's Phuket sometime soon!

June 27th, never mind the weather (it was sunny) ... we saw this :

June 28th, started sunny, got rather grey, some rain around, but nothing too serious.

June 29th started grey, got nicer .. evening sky below ..

June 30th - lovely sunny day with a lovely sunset ...

That was June! For more updates, please do follow me on Twitter!

The first few days of July ... sunny, but then the wind has picked up and there have been some heavy showers. Again, nothing too serious. We don't get really bad weather here, no typhoons or huge floods, nothing like that. For sure some days can be wet, not nice for holidays. One thing I must remind people of is this ....

EVERY year some people drown at Phuket's beaches. Someone just drowned a couple of days ago at Patong. See big waves? DON'T SWIM! There can also be rip currents. Stay safe, please!

And see you in Phuket!

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It's July in Phuket .. How was June?

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Phuket Weather - Low Season Begins

I posted a little review of the high season weather a couple of weeks ago (see Phuket High Season 2014 - 2015 Review). We have had a lot of hot weather and not much rain until recently. We'd had a little break from 2 - 11 May in Chumphon on the east coast of Thailand. And then, back to normal life - work at the dive shop for me and back to school for the kids. Now we're just about into June and we just had another little 3 day trip to Chumphon (came back yesterday) as the kids had Monday off school due to a Buddhist holiday. Now it's back to the grind!

Has the low season really started? Well we have finally had some proper rain, but the west / southwest monsoon winds have not really started yet and, for me, that is the sign that the real low season has begun. The Windguru forecast still shows only light winds for the next week.

A look back at the weather since we got back to Phuket on May 11th. Regular weather updates, please follow me on Twitter!

First a quick mention of earthquakes .. there were several small tremors (from 2.5 - 4 on the Richter scale) in the Phuket / Krabi area during the 10 days we were not here. I was rather miffed to miss them all!

Weather when we got back from Chumphon was just like on the east coast - hot, humid, a few rumbles of thunder, a few drips of rain in places.

(above) Jungly and slightly damp view from our lunchtime table at Pak Nam Seafood, 13th May.

May 14th we had some overnight rain, but the day was sunny and very hot. Ask my cats .. they crashed out in the shade.

May 15th, I Tweeted "Today's weather in Phuket ... hot with dark clouds around. Not rained on me yet, but for sure there's rain around"

After the kids finished school we took a walk at Sapan Hin park in the south of Phuket Town. The light winds were perfect for kite-flying.

(above) Some guys flying kites at Sapan Hin, May 15th 2015

May 16th - another lovely sunny day, there were thundery looking clouds around, maybe some areas of Phuket saw some rain. Did not rain on us!

May 17th - more of the same, but this was the first day I noticed any kind of westerly wind. I took a little (and rather dull) timelapse showing clouds moving across our garden.

Later we drove down to Cape Panwa. One of my favourite roads ...

May 18th .. well, I had taken a few extra days holiday the previous week, but now back to work! And to accompany me to work, it was a grey, wet start to the day, although it got sunny later.

May 19th ... more sunshine. I Tweeted a little photo of the Chinese shrine outside our dive shop

May 20th weather Tweet of the day was "Beautiful sunny morning here in Phuket .. low season not here yet!"

May 21st ..."Good morning from sunny Karon beach ... Still waiting for low season weather to arrive!"

(above) Karon beach, May 21st

May 22nd "hot. Mostly sunny, some cloud, a little hazy. Light winds. Small waves at the beaches."

May 23rd I was in a temple mood, and wanted to update some photos on Jamie's Phuket Blog, so planned to visit 3 temples in the Thalang area of Phuket. My boy came with me ...

(above) Wat Sri Sunthorn

(above) Wat Phra Nang Sang

(above) Wat Phra Thong

Very nice day, there was some rain around, but not much. A little rain does not spoil a day out.

May 24th I could fill a blog post with the day we had .. Started very nice and sunny and we drove north into Phang Nga Province. No real aim, just taking a drive, finding noodles for breakfast and then trying to find our way to a place called Phu Ta Jor, a viewpoint in the hills, but as it turned out after much searching .. you need a 4WD vehicle to get up there. Anyway, nice scenery!

(above) Scenery in Phang Nga, May 24th

But on the way home, the rain poured down! Most rain I have seen for months.

(above) Driving in Phuket, 24th May about 6pm. Dark skies and lots of rain.

May 25th started grey and cool after all the rain we had (it continued in the night of the 24th). I'd say the 25th was fairly typical for a low season day. I Tweeted that the afternoon was quite nice and then an hour later the rain was lashing down! You get days like this .. some sun, some rain. Don't let the rain put you off!

May 26th was a wetter day, especially later in the day. A Tweet says "Getting dark outside, but it's only 4:30"

May 27th started with this Tweet "It's p*ssing down again this morning. Low season has begun in earnest."

But it seems that was a false start. Often seems to me that the start of the "wet season" is like this .. a few wet days and then it gets nice again.

May 28th "Woke up to the sound of light rain, but an hour later there's plenty of blue sky. Looks like a sunny day ahead."

And (below) the main street near our dive shop on May 28th :

On to May 29th "Another sunny, almost windless morning in Phuket. Proper low season not started yet!"

And about 5pm, a quick visit to the beach (Karon) ...

May 30th and 31st we were away, came back yesterday. Quite a bit of rain around down the west coast yesterday. We could see from our garden that we'd had rain, and today June 2nd was a wet one. Probably the wettest day of the year so far. Raining hard in the morning before I drove 20km from home to Karon beach, and then more heavy rain in the afternoon. Some small flooding on some roads, nothing serious - little floods in Phuket always drain off within a couple of hours. Roads were dry by the time I drove home at 5pm.

So, has low season really started? We have had some wet days in the last week, but still waiting for the winds to start. And I expect more of the days when, even on Twitter, it's hard to update the weather as it can change every hour!

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Phuket Weather - Low Season Begins

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