Phuket Weather – The Island of Phuket lies in a tropical region and is therefore relatively hot all year round so Phuket weather ranges from ‘WARM’ to ‘TOO HOT’, but locals and long time residents (like us) will consider the weather to be ‘Very cold’ if temperature gets close to 20˙C.
The coolest and supposedly the best time to come to Phuket is between December to March, with a perfect weather: clear blue skies, turquoise calm seas and a nice permanent breeze. It’s also the high and peak season so expect to pay a lot more for your hotel, especially during Christmas and New Year time.
Tricky subject as it is supposed to occurs roughly at the same time each year, but is as unpredictable, as any weather in any country. June to August is a mix of rain and sun, usually very enjoyable. Few months are considered wetter than others, September, October and November are definitely the wettest months, but some year it can drag all the way to December.
Despite some unlucky series of really rainy days, there is still plenty of sun with occasional showers. On the good side, everything is much cheaper! If you decide to come to Phuket during this time of the year, you might want to read: ‘10 Things to Do in Phuket when it Rains‘
April and May are the hottest months in Phuket, at least we are sure of that, with temperature reaching 40˙C, which is why everyone in Thailand is celebrating the end of the hot season by splashing each other madly for the famous Songkran Festival that often lasts 3 days.
All these are average indication… we all know each year is different, even my grandmother knew that!
Weather in Phuket in September usually shows a mix of sun and rain, but with more rainy days than sunny, so September is not the best month to travel to Phuket.
October weather in Phuket is not much different from weather in September, again a mix of sun and rain, also not the best month to visit to Phuket if you have a choice. To be on the positive side and if you have no choice, this time of the year is always a lucky draw: the rain WILL fall, there is no doubt about it, and as it comes in series of 3, 6 or 9 days as they always say here, just pray that it is not during your week!
November weather in Phuket usually shows some signs of recovery, again it frequently is a mix of sun and rain but the risk of rain is still quite high.
Phuket weather in December is great unless it’s one of these unlucky ones which tend to happen more frequently in the past recent years. However in normal years the weather is great: blue sky with tiny white clouds and a cool temperature, even considered ‘cold’ by locals or those who lived here too long. On the other hand, all prices start to switch to high season rate and if you arrive at the end of the month near Christmas you will even get the peak season rates.
January weather in Phuket is what we would call ‘perfect’ probably the best month of the year to visit. Rain showers go from rare to none and temperature is a cool as it can get. Sure prices are higher and the island is busy but in the recent years beaches are not as packed as they used to be when there was up to five rows of beach chairs. Sea is quiet and turquoise blue, perfect for your holiday photos and cruising the sea to the nearby islands is usually a smooth ride.
The weather in Phuket in February is quite similar to January, it’s a bit dryer and hotter. Those are the best months to explore the islands around as the sea is in general super calm and super clear.
Phuket weather in March clearly gets hotter, sea and weather remain spotlessly blue.
May Weather in Phuket stays inline with April weather, just hotter and drier. Vegetation turns brownish and people have a common topic of conversation: It’s hot isn’t it. Luckily Phuket is near the sea and you can refresh in the water frequently, but remember to protect your skin!
Note that online forecasts are always pessimistic! if they expect an hour of rain in a day, they often display the big scary ‘thunderstorm’ icon, just to be on the safe side.