Malaysia Climate, Weather And Monsoons In Malaysia During Different Seasons

For those thinking about traveling to Malaysia, it’s important to know some important information like climate, weather and monsoon seasons as these all will have an effect on how you’ll enjoy your trip to Malaysia.


What’s The General Weather Like In Malaysia?

The weather in Malaysia is usually characterized by being very hot and humid.

  • It’s known for its majorly “tropical climate” – meaning heat, humidity and a lot of rain.
  • The temperature range in most cities starts at 25 degrees and can easily go up to 40 degrees in the summer.
  • The major cities are known for having even hotter weather due to the fact that the hot air doesn’t get a chance to escape and is trapped inside the city giving it more of a humid warm temperature than other places.
  • The islands are known for having much nicer and more bearable weather paired with cool breezes.
  • The weather is also more bearable in the highlands and the temperatures never go as hot as the cities, so they never go above 25 degrees!


What Is Monsoon And When Does Monsoon In Malaysia Start?

Malaysia Monsoon Season

A lot of people would rather avoid Malaysia completely from mid-October until the end of March due to the daily and hourly showers that happen due to monsoon season in Malaysia. The Malaysia monsoon season not only brings in a lot of rain, but the weather is considered generally more rough than other times. The rain doesn’t stop for days.


Start And End Dates Of Monsoon Season In Malaysia:

Of course the start and end dates are not written in stone and sometimes the weather is very unpredictable. Sometimes it rains starting from the first day of October and sometimes the rain doesn’t start until well in the middle.

Sometimes monsoon season in Malaysia is extremely rough, while other times it’s just bearable. The first few months are usually the worst of them all.


Different Types Of Monsoon Seasons In Malaysia:

There is the west coast monsoon and the southwest monsoon. The Southwest Monsoon in Malaysia is not bad at all and you can easily travel at that time. After all, a little bit of rain is fine at a tropical destination.


What Places Are Not Affected By Malaysia Monsoon?

If you have to visit Malaysia during this season then try going to PenangLangkawi or Borneo which are all characterized by bearable weather in this season.


Recommended: How To Get To Penang Island


Malaysia Islands That Are Closed During Monsoon Season:

Some islands are even completely closed during this season including Perhentian, Redang and Tioman). You won’t even find ferries that take tourists in and all the shops and boats are closed along with the resorts.


Tips And Tricks For Traveling To Malaysia:

  • To avoid any surprises before your trip, always contact hotel owners a few weeks before you arrive to check if they still will be open or not, and what the weather forecast and predictions are like.
  • No matter what month of the year – always expect rain. It usually rains for an hour or two at the end of the day and it’s usually a lot of rain but that’s it. It’s completely normal for being in a tropical destination!


What Places Can You Go To Avoid The Heat In Malaysia?

If you’re not a big fan of the heat, there are plenty of places you can end up visiting. First – the Highlands in Malaysia are definitely worth visiting.

Due to their location above the rest of the country of Malaysia, the temperatures there never exceed 25 degrees and they are characterized by nice breezes and a bit dried weather.

You’ll actually find that you’re not alone when you visit the highlands – even the locals flock there to avoid the heat and humidity of their cities. And a tip from us to you: the higher you go, the cooler it will be! We’re talking temperatures of 4 degrees in Malaysia!


Some Highlands You Can Visit:

  • Cameron Highlands. (People who live in Georgetown also usually go to Cameron Highlands)
  • Fraser Hill.
  • Genting Highlands. (This is where people from Kuala Lampur usually visit)
  • Mount Kinabalu


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