Phuket Weather – When is the Best Time to go to Phuket?

Phuket Weather – When is the Best Time to go to Phuket?

Phuket Weather

Phuket Weather is one of the most talked about topic on this blog. The Island of Phuket lies in a tropical region and is relatively warm all year round. The weather in Phuket ranges from ‘warm’ to ‘too hot’, but locals and longtime residents will consider the weather to be ‘very cold‘ if temperature gets close to 20˙C!

Don’t panic when you see ‘Thunderstorm everyday’ on online weather forecasts: they are always pessimistic!


Online Phuket Weather Forecasts:




Note that online weather forecasts are always pessimistic! If they predict 1 hour of rain in a day, they will display the big scary ‘thunderstorm’ icon, just to be on the safe side.


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 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.


2. Rainy Season in Phuket

June, September to November

The rainy season is a tricky subject. It’s 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. Some months are considered more wet than others: September, October and November are definitely the wettest months, but some year it can drag all the way to December. No one can really tell.

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: ‘12 Things to Do in Phuket when it Rains‘. Read more about the rainy season


3. Hottest Months in Phuket

April and May

Laem Singh Beach

April and May are the hottest months in Phuket. At least we are sure of that. Temperature are reaching 40˙C, and everyone in Thailand is celebrating the end of the hot season by splashing each other madly with water. That’s the famous Songkran Festival and it lasts about 3 days.


4. Phuket Yearly Rain Chart

All these are average indications… we all know each year is different, even my grandmother knew that!

 

rain-chart-for-phuket


5. Phuket Weather Month by Month

Phuket Weather in September

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.


Weather in October

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 the most challenging 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!


Weather in November

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. Thailand celebrates the beautiful Loy Krathong in November.


Weather in December

In December the weather is usually great… unless it’s an unlucky month which. These tend to happen more frequently in the recent years. Usualy the weather is great: blue sky with tiny clouds and a cool temperature.24 C is considered ‘cold’ by locals or those who lived here too long. Prices start to switch to high season rate.


Weather in January

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 (In recent years beaches are not as packed as they used to be). Sea is quiet and blue, perfect for your holiday photos. Cruising the sea to the nearby islands is usually a smooth ride.


Weather in February

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 calm and clear.


Weather in March

Phuket weather in March clearly gets hotter, sea and weather remain spotlessly blue.


Weather in April

April sees the temperature reaching some of the highest peaks of the year. If you travel on short budget and picked one of the few hostels without air con and just a fan, you better be ready for some sweaty nights.

April being so hot each yes, it is also the occasion to celebrate the famous Songkran festival where people shower each other copiously for several days (and nights). It’s fun for most but if you don’t like getting wet and party wild, consider avoiding the Songkran week (which dates vary each year).


Weather in May

May Weather in Phuket stays in line with April weather, just hotter and drier. Vegetation turns brown and people have a common topic of conversation: It’s hot isn’t it? Phuket is a small island so you can refresh in the water frequently. Just remember to protect your skin from the sun!


Weather in June

Phuket in June sees the return of the rains. Hoever in recent years rainy season arrive later and later so you might be lucky in June. Seas start to be rough or even dangerous. Respecting the red flags is not a warning to take lightly and your life could depend on it, no matter how good a swimmer you think you are.


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Phuket Weather – When is the Best Time to go to Phuket?
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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world in my 20s and never stopped until I finally settled in Thailand in 1994. Then for the past 23 years, my passion for photography and my natural curiosity has taken me to every corner of Thailand, jumping frequently between Bangkok and Phuket and basically everywhere I could go. I run 2 blogs: Phuket101.net and BangkokUndercover.com, I also manage 30 online travel guides in Asia and beyond, including Phuket.com, Bangkok.com and Bali-Indonesia.com

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