Weather and Climate Information for Malaysia
For Malaysia Weather – click on the TEXT name of the city below the weather graphic to go to the 5 Star Malaysia weather page for those five cities. Each page usually includes a weather overview for the city/area, a seven day forecast by the Malaysian Meteorological Office and the current up-to-the-moment weather at the airport.
The characteristic features of the climate of Malaysia are uniform temperature, high humidity and copious rainfall and they arise mainly from the maritime exposure of the country.
Winds are generally light. Situated at the equatorial doldrums area, it is extremely rare to have a full day with a completely clear sky even in periods of severe drought. On the other hand, it is also rare to have a stretch of a few days with completely no sunshine except during the northeast monsoon seasons.
Malaysia has uniform temperature throughout the year. The annual variation is less than 2°C except for the east coast areas of Peninsular Malaysia which are often affected by cold surges originating from Siberia during the northeast monsoon. Even there, the annual variation is below 3°C.
The daily range of temperature is large, being from 5°C to 10°C at the coastal stations and from 8°C to 12°C at the inland stations but the excessive day temperatures which are found in continental tropical areas are never experienced. It may be noted that air temperature of 38°C has very rarely been recorded in Malaysia. Although the days are frequently hot, the nights are reasonably cool everywhere.
The seasonal variation of rainfall in Peninsular Malaysia is of three main types:
(a) Over the east coast districts, November, December and January are the months with maximum rainfall, while June and July are the driest months in most districts.
(b) Over the rest of the Peninsula with the exception of the southwest coastal area, the monthly rainfall pattern shows two periods of maximum rainfall separated by two periods of minimum rainfall. The primary maximum generally occurs in October – November while the secondary maximum generally occurs in April – May. Over the northwestern region, the primary minimum occurs in January – February with the secondary minimum in June – July while elsewhere the primary minimum occurs in June – July with the secondary minimum in February.
(c) The rainfall pattern over the southwest coastal area is much affected by early morning “Sumatras” from May to August with the result that the double maxima and minima pattern is no longer discernible. October and November are the months with maximum rainfall and February the month with minimum rainfall. The March – April – May maximum and the June -July minimum are absent or indistinct.