When it rains, it pours! Yep, that’s Malaysia weather. Located in the tropical climate, the typical weather Malaysia is hot and humid. With the high humidity the moisture does build up in the atmosphere. What goes up must eventually come down, and what you get is the convection rain that falls like nobody business. If it weren’t for the short duration of heavy rainfall, you would have thought you were caught in a typhoon!

Of course apart from heavy rainfall, there are also period of dry spell where the sun shines hot and bright. I use to joke with friends from abroad that we too have four seasons.

“Oh, really?”

“Yes, we have four seasons, and they are hot, hotter, hottest, and rain.”

Seriously, when rain is sparse it gets quite unbearable. Air conditioner sales would soar during this time, and of course our home electric bill would shoot up too during period from constant running of our house air-conditioner. This would also be the time when we would consider taking break and head to the Malaysian Highlands for some cooling off.

The Monsoon Weather

The yearend rainy monsoon period would figure most prominently in the east coast of West Malaysia, and it is usually not a good idea to visit the east coast states in November, December and January. The North-Easterly winds from the South China Sea would bring with it an unending rain which can last as long as 24 hours in some cases bringing torrential flooding to some low lying areas in the east coast. Fishing activities are suspended during this time and so would any sea side activities like snorkelling or scuba diving. The cyclone would make it too dangerous to venture out into the sea.

Thankfully the mountain ranges in ranges in middle of the peninsular prevent most of the rain from reaching the west coast area. We still experience hot sunny days in the west coast despite the torrential rain causing some incidents of flooding in the east coast.

There is another wind called the Sumatran blowing from the South-West from May to July. However you can safely ignore this monsoon as most of the moisture is let off in Sumatra, Indonesia leaving a relatively dry wind blowing into the west coast. Still you might experience some convection rain where the heat builds up sucking up moisture from the ground before crashing down again in a heavy thunderstorm that last usually for an hour.

Convection rain occurs most frequently between monsoon periods where there is lull in the monsoon wind to take away the clouds. You can always tell whether it is going to rain by looking up at the sky where dark cloud formation starts to build up. You can even predict roughly whether it will rain for the day or not by looking at the cloud formation in the sky. Forget about the weather reports, they are totally unreliable in predicting convection rain!

As for East Malaysia, the monsoon occurs from November to February. The best times to visit Sabah and Sarawak are usually from March to June. The road infrastructure is less well developed in Sabah and Sarawak, and many still uses river ways to reach their villages in the interiors. If there is a monsoon in East Malaysia, going deep into the interiors for jungle expeditions and mountain climbing, white water rafting as well as sea activities should be avoided.

As the world global weather pattern has been changing drastically, the weather patterns in Malaysia are similar affected. It is now less predictable with some wild swing in weather conditions. Nevertheless you still can have an enjoyable time by choosing the appropriate time to come over for tourism Malaysia.

The Jungles

Going for a jungle trekking adventure? Yes, Malaysia still have many tracks of jungle area. Visiting National Parks and going for a jungle trail are some of the eco-tourism Malaysia activities being promoted. The Malaysia weather in the jungle is different from that of the cities. They are much more humid! Carrying a pack into the jungle can really soak your clothes! While night time temperature can drop to pretty cool levels out in the open. However the Malaysian weather is rather humid so you might find yourself pretty sticky even after a bath. Use a tent to keep yourself warm while camping in the great outdoors. It can get quite cold in the early mornings out in the open.

The Malaysian Highlands

Have enough of the hot humid weather of Malaysia? Head to the highlands to cool off before resuming with the rest of your tourism Malaysia journey. There are a number of highlands where you can go to take a break from the hot Malaysia weather.

In West Malaysia, Genting Highlands, Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s Hill (Bukit Fraser) and Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut) are some of the Malaysian Highlands you can go. While in East Malaysia, Kundasang in Sabah and the Bario Highlands in Sarawak would be the considerations.

In the Malaysian highlands, the weather can get very cold if it rains. While on warm days, the weather would be nice and cool. The highlands make for a refreshing change from the hot weather of the lowlands. You might want to factor in a highland trip in your tourism Malaysia tour itinerary. Highlands are a very popular place for the locals to go, where else can we go nearby to experience cool climate weather that feels almost like spring?

How to prepare for Malaysia weather

Rain is pretty unpredictable in Malaysia. So bring along small foldable umbrella. They are rather handy. Not just in Malaysia, when my wife and I go for holiday abroad anywhere in the world, a small foldable umbrella comes in handy whenever there is rain. Second choice is to bring a lightweight disposable rain coats. You can get them in Malaysia in some convenience store for about RM2 to RM5 a pack.

And against the hot bright sun? A wide brim hat would do just fine, but if you prefer a cap or go for bandana wrap to protect yourself from the heat and still look trendy, that do it just fine too. Bring along a pair of shades too, not only would you look real cool, it would help to protect your eyes. Make sure the glasses have good UV protection and not just any pair of sun glasses. The sunlight here is pretty strong.

Wear cotton shirts and well you can get away with wearing shorts. The people here are rather casual, and it is not uncommon to see locals wearing shorts walking around. Most establishments have no qualms having guests coming in with casual dress wear. However for nightlife and very posh restaurants they may enforce some dress code. So don’t be disappointed if they bar you entry. You could of course bring along some smart casuals to change into if you don’t have time to return to your accommodation to change.

Overall, Malaysia weather is comparatively mild with no typhoons, no cyclones, and no hurricanes. Only occasional heavy downpours and of course watch out for the monsoon in certain parts of the country. Other than that, the weather in Malaysia shouldn’t be a problem for tourism Malaysia visitors.

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