On July 5, the Chief of Phuket Marine Office, Nachapong Pranit, announced a warning to mariners after local storms and monsoonal troughs in the Andaman Sea caused high and strong waves and in the north part of the Gulf of Thailand.
A tropical storm, “Chaba” in the South China Sea, has had a wide effect on the regional weather but had no direct effect on the local pressure systems.
The north part of the Andaman Sea would have 2 – 3 metre high waves and 3 metre high during sudden localised thunderstorm. The north part of the Gulf of Thailand could have 2 metre high waves and higher during thunderstorm.
Sailors are cautioned to beware and avoid sailing during the storms and the sailors from the small boats in the north part of the Andaman Sea are suggested to stay ashore until July 6, and keep following local weather forecasts.
Phuket’s west coast beaches now are filled with red flags prohibiting swimmers to enter the sea because of the high waves that can be a danger to poor swimmers and create dangerous rips. Phuket’s lifeguards are standing by to stop swimmers from heading into the water during these storms.
SOURCE: Southern Thai News