Weather and Climate of Phuket
Phuket Weather | Phuket weather and travel seasons
Phuket owes its gorgeous tropical climate to its location just 8° north of the Equator, surrounded by the warm waters of the Andaman Sea. Its weather patterns are very much influenced by the monsoon winds that traverse the island.
Temperatures remain warm all year round, at an average high of 28?C. The balmy heat is tempered by cooling ocean breezes that help to keep temperatures comfortable. It receives about 2500mm of rain each year. The island has two seasons, the dry, hot season and the cool wet season.
The Hot Season
PI's hot season runs from April through May. The season's temperatures range from 27?C to highs of 36?C. The high temperatures are frequently cooled down by short thundershowers. One highlight of the season is the traditional Thai New Year, which is celebrated on April 13th. The occasion is marked with the celebration of the Songkran Festival). This is mid-tourist season for Phuket Island, as the number of tourists begins to drop.
The Cool Season
The cool season runs from November through March. This is also the peak season for tourism, and the best time to schedule your Phuket Island vacation. The average temperatures are comfortably hot, ranging from 25?C to 33?C, humidity is low and rainfall is relatively minimal. January is the coldest month of the year, with temperatures dipping as low as 22?C. The number of visitors to Phuket Island peaks in this high tourist season
The Low season
The period between the two seasons, June through October. This is the monsoon period, and also the low tourist season. It is generally rainy and humid, and temperatures range from 20?C to 33?C. May, September and October are especially rainy. The months of June through August, are less than ideal for water activities, as dangerous ocean undercurrents make swimming or diving an unsafe proposition. There are far fewer tourists afoot, popular tourist attractions are not crowded, and things cost far less.
Last Updated: 10 Sep 2010