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Rains to come late this year: Phuket Met

PHUKET: The Phuket branch of the Thai Meteorological Department (Phuket Met) has warned that the annual rains that usually arrive with the southwest monsoon may be late this year due to the El Nino global weather pattern.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 23 March 2019, 11:13AM

“The southwest monsoon usually begins sometime between mid- to late April or early May, depending on the year, but this year we expect the rains to come late,” Sorot Sawatdiraksa, a meteorologist at the Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast), based at Phuket International Airport, told The Phuket News.

“This year El Nino is not so strong, already making the amount of rainfall we have had this year less than in the past few years,” Mr Sorot said.

“In past years, normally the first of the rains come in April, but this year it will not. It is more likely to come later, at the end of April or May,” he added.

The past two months have been especially dry compared with recent past years, with the Phuket Met recording a total of 7mm of rainfall in Phuket Town and 7.1mm at the airport.

“The water issue must be considered by the Phuket Governor and other officials. They will hold meeting about this on Monday (Mar 25),” he said.



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Galong | 24 March 2019 - 07:53:03

The TMD is the least reliable source of weather information. As someone who runs tours on the water, I constantly monitor the weather.  I only trust the TMD if ALL of the other sites agree.  Didn't they say we were going to have really bad weather last week or so? Whomever is the new PM, he/she should make them read 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf".  ;-)

Kurt | 23 March 2019 - 15:26:30

The present Phuket water disaster, is partly due to the lethargic Authorities who just go to have a meeting on 25th March to talk about it., while Phuket is already dried out in many areas, is a enormous blow for the Phuket property industry.
Some properties for sale dropped already 40-50 % in value. Who buys a property without normal water guarantee?

CaptainJack69 | 23 March 2019 - 12:47:03

I wonder just how long the MET have had this little gem of information. Not that it would make any difference if they were sharing information with the water department but wouldn't it be nice...

Still, good business for the water trucks eh?

Kurt | 23 March 2019 - 12:17:42

What Governors can do is:
1: Stop watering golf courses.
2: Reduce opening hours car & motorbike  wash stations with 60%.
3: Stop construction of another 10,000 (!) phuket hotelrooms. Making concrete takes a lot of water! And for 10,000 extra rooms is Phuket's infra structure not equipped.
4: Start now building a water pipeline to Phuket to make sure this water disaster not happen next...

Kurt | 23 March 2019 - 12:07:31

"The water issue must be considerate".. Yes-yes, Meetings-meetings, Talks-talks. The water issue is already some month to worry about!  And what substantial water management have Authorities done so far?Nothing. They will just roll off water shortage on the citizens shoulders. "Wash yourself with sand when the water is finished".

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