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Thailand - Weather and Climate - Overview
Thailand is about the same size as France and about 1770 km from north to south - Chiang Rai on the Myanmar border in the north, to just over halfway down the Malayan Peninsula in the south. As a consequence there are large variations in weather and climate. Equatorial in the extreme south, but the majority of the county is tropical – The weather of which is dominated by the two monsoon seasons.
The heat and humidity of February through April produces some very uncomfortable conditions. The average April temperature in Bangkok is 36 Celsius (108F) but accompanied by an afternoon humidity of 60 per cent a sweaty combination!
With the arrival of a southwesterly monsoon - temperatures drop by a couple of degrees but the increasing humidity means that conditions don’t get much better. Strong winds comming in off the Indian Ocean bring in heavy cloud and a great deal of rain. During the monsoon or rainy season daily sunshine only averages about four hours, compared with eight to eleven hours throughout the rest of the year. Fortunately even at the height of the monsoon season in September (usually) rainfall is not usually prolonged or excessive.
Between October to November and through to April the northeastern
monsoon fetches much drier winds which come from the opposite direction
- overland from Indo-China.
The devastating flooding that affects much of Indo-China is much less frequent here. Generally temperatures and humidities, whist giving very uncomfortable conditions for westerners at times, are perhaps somewhat less stressful than we would find in Cambodia or Laos.
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