The world’s weather is getting screwed up with more and more extremes of abnormal weather. So here’s rough guide to what to expect when riding to Phuket Bike Week next week.
HOT SEASON IN PHUKET
From Feb – mid May. The weather is very hot, dry, dusty and hazy with a temperature range 20 – 42 Celsius. A good sun block lotion is recommended if you get sunburn easy. I also recommend using a balaclava. This is perfect for keeping significantly cooler & protected from the sun.
Starting late March – early April, isolated thunderstorms can suddenly appear a couple of times a week, like in Malaysia and make your riding tiring, drink more water.
PREPARE FOR THE HEAT
With temperatures in Thailand regularly hitting 35 degrees, and humidity hovering around 65%, overheating is a very real danger, especially when you’re wearing helmets. The best thing to do is ride between dawn and 9am. But if, like us, you’re not an early riser, there are other things you can do to keep your temperature down.
Get a Camelback, for instance, basically a hydration pack you wear on your back and sip from until the water bottle get warm and nasty or ran out of water between hard-to-come-by local shops! Try to fill with ice several times throughout the day and it can be a lifesaver, not just for drinking but for draping on the back on your neck.
Keep an eye out for air-conditioned 7 Elevens or coconut stall too to replenish your liquid!