The warm, sunny climate of Phuket is one the biggest attractions that draw people all around the world, especially who are in colder climates flock to this beach destination. Who wouldn’t love to lie on the white sandy beaches soaking up the sun and enjoying a cool beverage? But, before packing up your bag, take some time to understand the weather in Phuket so that you don’t end up sitting in the lounge of a resort watching the rain instead of wandering around in the sun.
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Phuket falls into the weather pattern of tropical regions. As it is common in the tropical countries, Phuket has only two distinct seasons to speak of, rainy and dry. The climate remains warm throughout the year with humid conditions prevailing. The climatic conditions of Phuket are hugely influenced by the monsoon winds that blow through the island all year round.
The temperature peaks during March with highest average temperature being at 33.4 ‘C and the coolest temperature occur in January with lowest average temperature of 22 ‘C.
The rainy season in Phuket begins in May and continues to till October. It is the time when the Southwest monsoon is active in the region. During the dry season which runs from November to April, the Northwest Monsoon winds sweeps through, giving the atmosphere a warm, dry feeling.
Best time to visit Phuket
Phuket enjoys heavy tourist flow during the season, from November to March. The moderate temperature and the swift cool winds from the North East bring down the humidity considerably leaving warm but comfortable weather. The temperature at this time ranges between a comfortable 24 ‘C to 32 ‘C. The best time to visit Phuket is in December and January but since it is the peak of the season, finding accommodation could be hard if you do not have advanced booking.
Though Phuket is warm throughout the year, high temperature occurs only during the months of April and May. The temperature in this period can be expected to range between 27 ‘C and 36 ‘C. Sometimes the hot spell is broken by the bouts of thunder showers which is a welcome relief to many. Interestingly and yet very aptly, the Thai people welcome the Thai New Year on April 13 by spilling and throwing cool water on each other!
The wet season
The rainy season that begins in late May makes the air wet and moist. The climate remains wet until October and is not an enjoyable time in Phuket. The beaches and resorts remain mostly empty with tourists not preferring to come down in unsuitable weather conditions. This is also the time when most locals in Phuket choose to visit other places leaving the island uncluttered and free.
In the wet season, heavy, short downpours with intervals of sunshine are a common pattern. During the wet season itself, Phuket receives long spells of sunshine undisturbed by the rain. It is the time the local people enjoy the most with several land and water based activities for entertaining themselves.
Phuket does not have extreme weather conditions which makes it an ideal tourist destination in any season.