What is the best time to visit Phuket?
- What is the best time to visit Phuket?
- Weather Satellite View over Phuket
- Phuket Weather Webcams
- 1. Best Time to Visit Phuket: December to March
- 2. Hottest Months in Phuket: April and May
- 3. Rainy Season in Phuket: June, September to November
- 4. Online Phuket Weather Forecasts:
- 5. Phuket Yearly Rain Chart
- 6. Phuket Weather Month by Month
Phuket weather has always been a hot topic, especially between June and November which are considered the raining season. Most frequent questions will then be “What is the best month to visit Phuket?”, “Does it rain all day in rainy season?”, ‘Will it rain every day?”
The Island of Phuket lies in a tropical region and is warm all year round, but how much rain can you expect during the raining season?
The weather in Phuket ranges from ‘not too hot’ to ‘too hot,’ but locals and longtime residents will consider the weather to be ‘freezing‘ if the temperature gets close to 20˙C! Anyway, no matter which month you will visit Phuket, it is always warm, and the sea still feels like entering a bath.
Weather Satellite View over Phuket
The Phuket webcam is courtesy of SawadeeCam
1. Best Time to Visit Phuket: December to March
The coolest and supposedly the best time to come to Phuket is between December to March, with perfect weather: clear blue skies, calm turquoise 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, but if you care about blue sky, this is when you should come. If you worry about the crowds (because it does get crowded), stay in the northern part of the island, past Bangtao beach!
2. Hottest Months in Phuket: April and May
April and May are the hottest months in Phuket. At least we are sure of that. Temperature can reach 40˙C, and everyone in Thailand is celebrating the end of the warm season by splashing each other madly with water. That’s the famous Songkran Festival, and it can last three days or more, depending on which part of Thailand you are.
3. Rainy Season in Phuket: June, September to November
The rainy season is a tricky subject. It’s supposed to occur roughly at the same time each year but has become seriously unpredictable.
June to August is a mix of rain and sun, usually delightful. Some months are considered wetter than others: September, October, and November are the wettest months, but some year it can drag all the way to December. No one can tell.
Despite some unlucky series of stormy days, there is still plenty of sun with occasional showers. On the bright side, everything is much cheaper! If you decide to come to Phuket during this time of the year, you might want to read: ‘12 Things to Do in Phuket when it Rains‘. Read more about the rainy season
4. Online Phuket Weather Forecasts:
Note that online weather forecasts are always pessimistic! If it rains for 1 hour in a day, they will display the big scary ‘thunderstorm’ icon, to be on the safe side.
5. Phuket Yearly Rain Chart
All these are common indications… we all know each year is different, even my grandmother knew that!
Every day someone will write and ask ‘How is the Weather in Phuket in June’ or in August or in October. Of course, Phuket being a resort destination people have the right to be worried. When you travel that far, wait that long and invest that much, you want to have some sun to get that suntan and blue sea to swim and bring some fantastic photos!
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Yes, there are two seasons, and you can expect more sun during the high season and some rain during the rainy season, but each year is very very different. There is absolutely no way to predict if it will not rain in January and you could have an amazingly sunny October (which used to be known for being one the wettest month of the year). Read more