Climate and Average Weather in Malaysia

Malaysia has a tropical rain forest climate with high temperatures and significant amounts of rainfall throughout the year. You can expect maximum daytime temperatures of around 26 to 33 degrees Celsius (79 - 91.5 °F) and minimum nighttime temperatures that range between 20 and 26 degrees (68 - 79° F) in much of the country. Because of the heat and large amounts of rain, you can expect high humidity in most places.

The only exception is the mountainous interior of western Malaysia. In the popular Cameron Highlands, at an altitude of about 1400-1500 meters (4593 - 4921 ft), daytime temperatures average between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius (68 - 75° F) and it gets a lot cooler at night with minima of 12 to 18 degrees (54 - 64° F).

The main rainy season in the east of Malaysia runs between November and February, while August is the wettest period on the west coast. During this period, it rains almost every day for long periods and monthly totals locally average 400 to sometimes nearly 600 millimeters (15.7 - 23.6 inch) of precipitation. The number of hours of sunshine during this period is therefore limited to an average of only four hours per day.

In the west rain is spread out more evenly throughout the year, but the southwest monsoon prevails from May through October. The rainy season here takes a different form with most of the rain falling in the late afternoon and at night.

There is no best travel time that applies to the whole country, but if we have to choose June through early September would the best travel time for Malaysia. However the months July and August are also high season, these are the most expensive months to travel to Malaysia.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperatures over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

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