Climate & Weather


Climate & Weather in Krabi

Krabi is tropical.


During the summer monsoon between mid-May and mid-October, Krabi receives the effects of the strong summer, southwest monsoon with heavy rain and sometimes strong winds.


The total rainfall is considerable, but it rarely rains for days on end. The rain is interspersed with days of sunshine or parts of the day, which are dry and sunny. Overall, humidity will be high.


Many locals prefer the rainy season because it is cooler and the countryside is green and lush. This is the season for growing wet paddy rice (only a few places in Krabi plant rice).


Many island resorts close, and transport by sea is curtailed. Some services shut down during the rainy season. Snorkeling and diving are not always possible due to rough seas, and the waters are not clear.


Krabi still gets some rain during the winter northeastern monsoon due to its coastal location straddling the narrow landmass of the Malay Peninsula with a central range of mountains.


Some years, there is regular rain through the ‘dry’ season, and other years when there are droughts in other parts of Thailand, Krabi maybe dryer than usual. But it is normally one of the greenest places in Thailand throughout the year.


Because Krabi is tropical, visitors should prepare for several things. It’s warm to hot—seldom cold. The temperatures generally range between 24 and 34 degrees Centigrade (75 to 93 Fahrenheit). During the rainy season, light sweaters or windbreakers can be useful in the morning and evenings (and a must if riding a motorcycle).


The coastal waters are comfortable, allowing a person to swim for long periods.


The tropical sun is hot and will burn within 20 minutes exposure during the middle of the day. Long exposure to the sun can cause sunstroke and dehydration.


Sunblock protection should be used together with hats and clothes thick enough to stop infrared rays. By now, most people know that too much unprotected sun leads to skin cancer. It’s great to return home with a visible tan that announces that you’ve been on the beach, but it has its consequences.

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