Malaysia: Best Time to Visit
Malaysia has a tropical climate and offers warm temperatures throughout the year. However, regarding Peninsula Malaysia, it depends on which coast you are visiting as the weather patterns are different. The best time to visit Penang and Langkawi on the west coast is between December and April. The driest time is in January and February with the wettest time being between September and November. On the east coast the less rainy and humid time is between April and October. The rainy season for the west is April to October, while the east receives stormy monsoon weather during November and December. The capital, Kuala Lumpur is an exception to the rule as it remains warm all year round with not much rainfall from June to August as the highest rainfall occurs between February and May plus September to November.
The best time to visit Borneo is between March and October. The wettest months are between November and February. However, expect hot and humid weather all year round.
Temperatures vary very little in Malaysia hovering constantly at or just above 30°C/86 F by day while humidity is high year-round. Showers occur year-round too, usually in the mid-afternoon, though these short, sheeting downpours clear up as quickly as they arrive. The months of January and February are when you can see a number of significant festivals, notably Chinese New Year and the Hindu celebration of Thaipusam.
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|Kuala Lumpur||32 C/91 F||32 C/90 F||32 C/90 F||32 C/90 F||31 C/88 F|
|Langkawi||33 C/91 F||34 C/93 F||32 C/90 F||31 C/88 F||31 C/88 F|
|Kuching, Borneo||29 C/84 F||32 C/90 F||32 C/90 F||32 C/90 F||31 C/88 F|
|Kota Kinabalu, Borneo||31 C/88 F||33 C/91 F||32 C/90 F||32 C/90 F||32 C/90 F|
NOTE – All quoted temperatures are daytime average highs unless otherwise stated and can vary.
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