Phuket is a famous holiday island with a tropical monsoonal climate. There are only 2 seasons: the dry season and the wet, or monsoon, season. This article gives a Summary of the weather in both seasons and makes recommendations of when to visit.
Phuket Weather and Recommendations of When to Visit Phuket in southern Thailand isa well known tropical island some 540 miles north of the equator. A tropical climate is so designated, providing the mean temperature in each of the 12 months of a calendar year is at least 18 degrees centigrade (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Phuket qualifies with ease, having mean monthly temperatures ranging between 26 to 27 degrees celsius (78 to 81 degrees Fahrenheit). Characteristically for a tropical climate, Phuket is hot, humid and experiences very heavy rains. It only has two seasons the dry season runs from mid November to mid May and the wet, or monsoon season, running from mid May to mid November.
Phuket is a holiday island receiving millions of visitors from all over the world, most of whom come for the sun. Numbers are highest in the dry season when there is more guaranteed sunshine and less guaranteed rain. The peak season months from December to April average between 8 and 9 hours of sunshine per day and rainfall is limited to the occasional thunderstorm, which can nevertheless produce prodigious amounts of rain. December is the coolest month of the year and February is the driest with the humidity is also at its lowest monthly average of 69%.
The rainy season often roars in like a lion in mid May, depositing copious amounts of rainfall on the island, often accompanied by strong winds. The wettest month by far is September, when rain can be expected on 23 of the 30 days in the month. May and October are not far behind with 21 and 22 days of precipitation, respectively. Despite the heavy downpours and occasional all day rain, the rainy season can still offer up a respectable 5 to 6 hours average sunshine hours per day.
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