The climate in Thailand

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climatic diagrams of this page are taken from the collected data from 25 measuring stations in Thailand.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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Thailand is climatically divided into several zones. In the north, the cold air flow from the Chinese highlands determines the weather. The west coast enjoys the sea air of the Indian Ocean and the east coast the south Chinese sea.

Nationwide there are basically 3 seasons: Midsummer, hot midsummer, and hot midsummer with rain. The rain is warm and often pleasant. Rarely a shower lasts longer than 3 hours, the rest of the day it is again cheerful to sunny.

It is warm to hot all year round and invites in the coastal regions to bath in the open sea with average water temperatures of 28 degrees. Sweaters or even jackets are only needed in the evenings in the high altitudes in the north of the country.

Duration of daylight and sunshine in Thailand

hours of sunshine per daySunshine hours per day in Thailand
rainy days per monthRainy days per month in Thailand
Precipitation in mm/dayPrecipitation in Thailand
Water temperatureWater temperatures in Thailand
Relative humidity in %Relative humidity in Thailand
Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)Absolute humidity in Thailand
Climate charts for other regions in Thailand

Temperature records of the last 72 years

The hottest temperature measured from 1949 to June 2021 was reported by the Nakhon Sawan weather station. In May 2016 the record temperature of 43.7 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 15 weather stations in Thailand , was recorded in 1987 with an average temperature of 28.9 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 28.1 degrees Celsius.

The coldest day in these 72 years was reported by the weather station Phitsanulok. Here the temperature dropped to 5.8 °C in January 2000. Phitsanulok lies at an altitude of 46 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1972 with an average temperature of 23.5 °C. In Thailand, it is usual to have about 3.4 degrees more at 26.8 °C for this three-month period.

The most precipitation fell in November 1969. With 44.4 mm per day, the Songkhla weather station recorded the highest monthly average of the last 72 years. Incidentally, the region with the most rainfall for the whole year is around Chanthaburi. The driest region is near Nakhon Ratchasima.

Long-term development of temperatures from 1979 - 2020

In contrast to single record values, a long-term development cannot simply be brought about by all weather stations in the country. Both the number and the locations are constantly changing. A simply calculated average value would give a falsified result. If several measuring stations in particularly cold mountain or coastal regions are added in one year, the average would already decrease as a result of this alone. If a station fails during the summer or winter months, it does not provide any values and falsifies the average again. The subsequent long-term development was therefore reduced to only 4 measuring points in order to have actually comparable data over as long a period as possible.

In the years 1979 to 2020 there were only these 4 weather stations in the whole country, which reported continuous temperature values (Chanthaburi, Phitsanulok, Chumphon, Udon Thani). From these weather reports we have created a long-term development that shows the monthly average temperatures. The hottest month in this entire period was April 2016 with 31.6 °C. December 1999 was the coldest month with an average temperature of 22.5 °C.

The average annual temperature was about 27.6 °C in the years after 1979 and about 27.9 °C in the last years before 2020. So over the past 42 years it has only increased by a minimal 0.2 °C. This trend only applies to the selected 4 weather stations in Thailand. A considerably more comprehensive evaluation of the global warming has been provided separately.

Long-term development of temperatures in Thailand

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