The rainy season has officially arrived and people should beware heavy downpours and what they bring, Thailand Meteorological Department (TMD) Director-General Wanchai Sakudomchai announced in a statement issued today (May 28).
Mr Wanchai warned of heavy downpours across all of Southern Thailand, including Phuket.
However, TMD Chief Mr Wanchai also warned that the heavy downpours associated with the southwest monsoon may well continue on the Thailand’s southeast coast – on the Gulf of Thailand – until December, although the monsoon winds usually change, and the rains usually stop, at about the end of October.
“This announcement is just a notice make sure people are aware of the rainy season and that many provinces in the south, including Phuket, will be affected,” one officer (who asked not to be named) at the TMD Southwest Coast head office, based at Phuket International Airport, told The Phuket News today.
“People should be aware of this and take normal for precautions for the rainy season. We will post daily updates and weather warnings (click here), so please keep an eye on these just in case,” the officer added.
The weather forecast for today through Wednesday is for scattered thundershowers and rain, a forecast that is now to become increasingly consistent until the end of the southwest monsoon, the officer noted.
The Phuket News also notes that the southwest monsoon also whips up the surf along Phuket’s west coast, causing dangerous flash rips and strong surf which far too often are fatal for unsuspecting swimmers. – Phuket News
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