In consequence, however, of the frequent violence of the southwesterly gales and other causes, the communication ceased in the middle of the 19th century, and the artificial harbour designed by John Rennie has gradually fallen into decay.
While Siam enjoys a dry climate with cool nights (the thermometer at night often falling to 40°-50° F., and seldom being over 90° in the shade by day), the eastern coast of the Malay Peninsula receives the full force of the north-easterly gales from the sea.
At the time of the equinox it is commonly believed that strong gales may be expected.
This' popular idea has no foundation in fact, for continued observations have failed to show any unusual prevalence of gales at this season.
In one case observations taken for fifty years show that during the five days from the list to the 25th of March and September, there were fewer gales and storms than during the preceding and succeeding five days.