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The latest and today's weather in Bangkok, Thailand updated regularly
- Sunrise 06:39
- Sunset 18:24
|Temp feels like:||33°C (91°F)|
|Length of Day:||11h 45m|
|Pressure:||29.74" (1007 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||6 miles (10 km)|
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Bangkok is one of the hottest places in Asia, during the rain season, high temperatures results in high humidity and thi...
Historic Temperatures for 20th February in Bangkok
|Average High||33°C (91°F)|
|Record High||35°C (95°F) (2005)|
|Average Low||23°C (73°F)|
|Record Low||21°C (70°F) (2008)|
Weather Overview for Bangkok
Bangkok is located in Thailand, Asia, and is the country’s capital and largest city. It lies in the south west of the country on the Chao Phraya River near to the Gulf of Thailand. The city is a large and bustling metropolis with more than 10 million people and is a hotspot for tourists, with many wanting to explore its striking surroundings and get to know its unique culture. In fact, Bangkok welcomes more tourists than any other city in the world.
Bangkok has a tropical climate, with stifling hot temperatures, high humidity and influences from the South Asian monsoon system. The year is divided into three seasons; hot season from March to June, rainy season from July to October and cool season from November to February. The weather is generally quite predictable during these three seasons but visitors can check the weather forecast before their visit.
Despite wet and dry seasons taking place in the city, the overall weather exhibits distinct patterns. The temperature remains fairly consistent, which is typical of a tropical climate. Generally, temperatures reside between the mid-twenties in winter and the thirties in summer. Rainfall varies greatly during the year, with between 180mm to 220mm of rain during the summer and the beginning of autumn, and only 10mm of rain during the winter months. However, one problem Bangkok faces is that it lies only 6ft above sea level. During prolonged periods of rain, the city can experience severe and problematic flooding when the rivers and canals overflow.
In fact, Bangkok has been dubbed the ‘Venice of the East' because like Venice and Amsterdam it is made up of a system of canals upon the 372km long Chao Phraya River. Bangkok essentially lies over a swamp, with canals weaving through and across the city and it is thought Bangkok is sinking by up to two inches per year. Combined with rising sea levels this means Bangkok could be in 50 to 100cm of water by 2025! For now though, Bangkok is a wonderful tourist destination, with many attractions and picturesque views to entice visitors from around the world.
Wat Arun at night.
The most popular time for tourists to visit Bangkok is between November and February which is known as the cool season. At this time of year the temperatures are still warm, but less stifling than the rest of the year. The northeast monsoon blows cool, dry air across the city which makes things feel much more comfortable. Average temperatures reside between 26°C and 28°C with highs of 33°C, though temperatures do drop to their lowest of 21°C on an evening. December is generally the coolest month.
There are also occasional showers to provide relief from the heat, however the cool season is also the driest and is generally calm and settled, so there’s not much chance of heavy rainfall or storms ruining your holiday. December, January and February are the driest months of the year, with just 10mm of rainfall and 2 wet days per month. Visitors will usually see clear blue skies every day at this time of the year and plenty of sunshine, as it is the sunniest time of the year, with an average of 8 or 9 hours of sunshine every day.
These cooler temperatures and lower rainfall make the weather much more bearable than the hot season and make it easier to explore the city by foot. It also means that the cool season is the best time to visit Bangkok if you’re looking for a relaxing break at one of the nearby beaches.
Between March and June, Bangkok experiences what is known as hot season. Though temperatures are hot all year round in the city, they peak at this time of year. Average temperatures regularly hit 31°C in April, the hottest month of the year while high temperatures can reach a sweltering 35°C. Temperatures never drop below 25°C at this time of year, even at night which can feel rather relentless.
The hot season is generally dry but the city does experience some wet weather, in particular storms, towards the end of the season. From just 50mm in March, May sees 180mm of rainfall and 17 wet days on average. These bouts of rainfall bring some relief from the high heat.
Along with high temperatures and storms, April to May is one of the steamiest times in Bangkok, with high humidity levels which can feel rather uncomfortable to relax in. If you’re visiting at this time of year, it is advised to pack light layers and look for accommodation with air conditioning to stay cool in the sticky heat. Another great way to cool down is by taking part in the annual 3 day water fight which takes place on Thai New Year, or Songkran.
Reflection of a Bangkok Temple.
Bangkok’s rainy season begins with the arrival of the southwest monsoon, arriving in July and lasting until October, and brings some welcome respite from the heat and humidity. Though temperatures are hot all year round, they fall slightly, to an average of between 29°C and 30°C and highs of 33°C.
The season is mainly characterised by the increase in rainfall that occurs. September is the month when the most rain takes place, with 220mm and 22 wet days on average, which can include everything from light rain to torrential showers. Despite wet season occurring during summer, there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy (between 5 and 6 hours a day) and the rain can be a relief from the soaring temperatures, which usually sit in the high twenties. The rain normally falls in the afternoon in Bangkok, but be prepared for days when the city is washed with rain for the entire day.
Rainy season is often known as low season as it is the least popular time for tourists to visit. However, this means that many hotels offer discounts on accommodation so travellers can get a great deal at this time of year. If you’re looking for a beach holiday, the rainy season may not be the ideal time to visit, but Bangkok has plenty of other attractions to offer which can be enjoyed in the rain.