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19 September 2006 :: 16:09:06 pm 22433

Thai Climate

Thailand has a moist, tropical climate, influenced chiefly by monsoon winds that vary in direction according to the season.
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   From April to October the winds are mainly from the southwest and are moisture laden; during the rest of the year they blow from the northeast. Temperatures are higher, ranging from 25.6 to 36.7 C (78 to 98 F), while the country is under the influence of the southwest winds. During the remainder of the year the range is from 13.3 to 33.3 C (56 to 92 F). Temperatures are somewhat higher inland than they are along the coast, except at points of great elevation.

   Annual rainfall is about 1,525 mm (60 in) in the northern, western, and central regions, 2,540 mm (100 in) or more on the Thai portion of the Malay Peninsula, and 1,270 mm (50 in) or less on the Khorat Plateau. Most rain falls from June to October.
Thailand have 3 seasons, summer season, rain period and winter season. Averange temperature in Bangkok is about 29 C. The most warmest month is april, the temperature can rise from 35 C or more, but in december temperature will be around 25 C. It‘s colder in the north part of the country, special under the winter season. In opposit way it‘s warmer in the south part of country.

   The dry season is shortest in the South because of the proximity of the sea to all parts of the Malay Peninsula. With only minor exceptions, every area of the country receives adequate rainfall, but the duration of the rainy season and the amount of rain vary substantially from region to region and with altitude. The Northeast experiences a long dry season, and its red, porous (laterite) soils retain water poorly, which limits their agricultural potential.

   From November to the end of February the climate is much less trying with a cooling North East breeze and a reduction in the humidity level. This is also the main tourist season, and the best time to visit Thailand.

   The north and north-east are generally cooler than Bangkok in winter, and hotter in summer. In the far north, around Mae Hong Son temperatures can occasionally drop as low as 2oC.

What to wear

   For Western visitors you will find that you do not experience “cool” here. Just cooler than “hot” and “drier than humid”, so light cotton clothing would be the most suitable day-to-day wear. Don‘t bring too much clothing with you, as you could easily buy everything from here and paying for them less than what you would pay back home. As the sun here is rather strong hat and umbrella are recommended for those who are not use to the heat. It is also advisable to apply sunscreen lotion for those with sensitive skin.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Lifestyle

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