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Malaysia’s Weather and Climate

Sat on the South China Sea in the centre of Southeast Asia, Malaysia is the country consists of the Peninsular Malaysia (West Malaysia) and Sabah and Sarawak (East Malaysia) that are located on the island of Borneo to the east. Bordering Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, and the South China Sea, Malaysia is the home of a population of more than 32 million.


A Snapshot of Malaysia’s Weather and Climate

As it situated in the southeastern Asia region, Malaysia essentially observes tropical weather that is hot and humid with relatively high humidity, except in the highlands. Throughout the year, the climate in Malaysia is predominantly hot and humid with periods of heavy rain. Malaysia’s weather and climate experience a monsoon season (the monsoon season varies depending on the destination). Monsoons are very influential in Malaysian weather and it varies on the Peninsular Malaysia coastline. Monsoons sweep from South to West during the months of May through September, and it sweeps from North to East during the months of November through March.

For the purpose of climate, Malaysia can be divided into three different groups: coastal, highlands, and lowlands.

  1. Lowlands & Highlands (places include Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Cameron Highlands)
    Hot and humid throughout the year, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca experience showers that occur almost daily. However, the highlands have a very different climate to the rest of Malaysia. The temperatures average a very pleasant 22 ºC in the daytime and a relatively cool 15 ºC at night with heavy rainfall between September and early December, the highlands are definitely the excellent location for growing tea, flowers, and fruits.
  2. West Coast ( places include Langkawi, Penang and Pangkor)
    The west coast mainland and islands off the Peninsular Malaysia enjoy the typical tropical climate ­­- hot, sunny, and humid with showers all year round. The downpours are heavier during September and October.
  3. East Coast ( places include Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu)
    The east coast of Malaysia is well known for its hot and sunny weather for much of the year with the warm waters of the South China Sea. However, tourists are advised to avoid visiting the islands during the North-East Monsoon that strikes between November and February. That is because the showers are heavier and they can disrupt boat crossings and safety. Outside of the North-East Monsoon months, the east coast is usually drier than the rest of Malaysia.

Though Malaysia’s climate and weather are hot and humid all year long with heavy showers during monsoon seasons, Malaysia is an ideal place to visit at almost any time of year with it pleasant climate – warm sunny days and slightly cooler nights outside the monsoon season.