Prachuap Khiri Khan braces for rainy season to start in mid-May

Rain clouds at Khao Takiab, Hua Hin, photo via Hua Hin Today.

Thailand’s Prachuap Khiri Khan province is bracing for the rainy season to start in mid-May. The Thai Meteorological Department predicts that the rainy season in Thailand will start around the third week of May 2023, with one to two tropical storms possibly passing through the northeastern and northern regions in August and September.

Thailand’s rainy season typically occurs from May to October, with the highest rainfall usually in September and October.

Officials from several departments and agencies recently attended a meeting chaired by the governor of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Dr Sathien Charoenruen, to discuss their preparedness for the rainy season. Each agency presented its overall forecasts for weather conditions, water management, and drought prevention measures, Hua Hin Today reported.

Governor Sathien stressed the importance of being well-prepared for the rainy season, as the province had experienced severe flooding in the past. He instructed all departments to coordinate and ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

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Officials are taking necessary steps to ensure that drainage systems are functioning well, and that water management measures are in place. The public is also urged to stay informed and to follow safety guidelines to avoid potential risks during the rainy season.

Though the province is located near the Gulf of Thailand, Prachuap Khiri Khan typically experiences some of the lowest amounts of rainfall in the country. Between July and November, the province is sometimes referred to as the ‘Wet Season,’ ‘Monsoon Season,’ or ‘Green Season.’ However, Hua Hin and Prachuap Khiri Khan do not typically experience the monsoons to the extent that they affect other parts of Thailand.

The average temperature during this time is around 28°C, with a maximum of 33°C, and average evening humidity levels of 83%. October is the wettest month of the year, with an average rainfall of about 200 millimetres.

As the province gears up for the rainy season, officials and the public alike are encouraged to take necessary precautions to stay safe during the upcoming months of increased rainfall.

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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