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Rain in Krabi now, Sep 19th, 2011

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Rain in Krabi now, Sep 19th, 2011

Hi. We just arrived in Krabi and it is pouring rain. We do not know if whether to stay the whole week, as we had planned, or go somewhere else like, Phi Phi, Phuket or Ko Samui.

Nobody seems to know as they say it is totally unpredictable. And some pople say that when it rains here it might be sunny in Phi Phi or Phuket, although they are nearby locations.

Does somebody know if the forecast is that it will get better or we should run away???

Thanks!!!

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1. Re: Rain in Krabi now, Sep 19th, 2011

Those that say its unpredictable are correct. Its is monsoon season so rain is normal, but it can be dry for several days and then wet for a few days. If you move to Phuket the weather is just as unpredictable. And yes it can rain in one place and not in another.

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2. Re: Rain in Krabi now, Sep 19th, 2011

It's peak rainy season just about all over Thailand. Statistically, this is the rainiest month of the year in Krabi, and that applies equally to the rest of the Andaman (West) Coast - Phi Phi and Phuket included. Over a 30-year period Krabi averaged 391 mm of rain in September, compared to the around 7 mm it gets in Jan. and Feb., the best months for tourists on the Andaman. Today, as you saw, 17 mm fell in a 3 hour period.

Koh Samui has not yet reached its rainiest period - that comes in November - so it might well be drier there. Samui gets an average of 113 mm of rain in September compared to its rainiest month, November, when it gets 526 mm (!!). The forecast for tomorrow says cloudy with sunny periods and thunderstorms, 60% chance of rain.

What the locals are trying to tell you is that, unlike your home country if you're from, say, Britain, it rarely rains for days on end, but usually there's a huge downpour followed by overcast skies or even sunshine an hour later. It may remain extremely humid so that the walking on the street feels like swimming. And the seas will be stormy. The forecast for tomorrow says 70% chance of rain.

(Stats from Thai Meteorological Department http://www.tmd.go.th/EN/)

"Warning

"Heavy Rain over Thailand"

No. 4 Time Issued : September 19, 2011

The ridge of moderate high pressure area from China extends to upper Thailand. The monsoon trough moves across central Thailand and the active southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand. These cause more rain and isolated heavy rainfalls likely over the Central, the lower Northeast, the East and the South east-coast during 20-23 September. People in risky areas along foothills and near waterways are warned of possible flash flood. The wind-waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf are expected 2-3 meters high. All ships should proceed with caution, and small boats keep ashore."

Edited: 19 September 2011, 13:16
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3. Re: Rain in Krabi now, Sep 19th, 2011

Hi,

Here is the link to the Thai meteorological Dept where you can check the weather forecasts for the week ahead around Thailand.

http://www.tmd.go.th/en/

Julie

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