Thailand Weather – Phuket
Phuket is one of Thailand’s southern provinces, which consists of the country’s biggest island — also named Phuket and 32 smaller off-coast islands. It lies off the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea and is connected to Phang Nga Province in the north. The province has a tropical climate or Am under the Koppen-Geiger classification and experiences significant rainfall for the most part of the year. Phuket has an average annual temperature of 27.5 degrees Celsius (81.5 degrees Fahrenheit) and average rainfall and precipitation of 2,417 mm.
The province gets its lowest minimum temperature of 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit) during the month of January and the highest maximum temperature of 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) during the months of March and April. Average minimum temperatures in Phuket range from 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to 24.3 degrees Celsius (75.7 degrees Fahrenheit), while average maximum temperatures can range from 30.2 degrees Celsius (86.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
Thailand is divided into three seasons: the rainy or southwest monsoon season from mid-May to mid-October, which most of the country experiences and with August and September being the wettest months. Dry spells also occur 1 to 2 weeks from June to early July. The winter or northeast monsoon starts from mid-October to mid-February and most of the country experiences dry weather during this season with mild temperatures. On the other hand, the southern parts experience abundant rainfall during this time, especially in the months of October to November. Summer or the pre-monsoon season runs from mid-February to mid-May, which is characterised by warmer weather.
Having said that, Phuket’s seasons can be prominently classified into two: dry and wet.
Dry season: Phuket experiences it’s dry season during the months of November to April, getting around 28 to 186 mm of rainfall and precipitation, with February getting the least amount of rainfall. Minimum temperatures during this time range from 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to 24.3 degrees Celsius (75.7 degrees Fahrenheit), while maximum temperatures range from 30.4 degrees Celsius (86.7 degrees Fahrenheit) to 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit).
Wet season: Phuket’s rainy season is during the months of May to October when the province gets around 272 to 381 mm of rainfall and precipitation, with September getting the most amount of rain. During this time, minimum temperatures range from 23.6 degrees Celsius (74.5 degrees Fahrenheit) to 24.3 degrees Celsius (75.7 degrees Fahrenheit), while maximum temperatures range 30.2 degrees Celsius (86.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to 31.5 degrees Celsius (88.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
Best Time to Go
Phuket can be considered an all-year-round destination albeit most tourists prefer visiting during the dry season months of November to April. However, Phuket can also be appealing during the wet season, so if you prefer a less crowded island and has no problems with bringing and using rain gear, then visiting during the months of May to October is also okay.