Malaysia weather averages

Check Malaysia weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2018/2019. Today's maximum temperature in Malaysia is expected to be 32°C, while the average maximum temperature in January is 31°C. The holiday weather guide shown above is for Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysia weather overview

Malaysia comprises the southern part of the Malay Peninsular and the states of Sarawak and Sabah which are part of Borneo. The country has an equatorial climate and 75 per cent of its land area is tropical rainforest. This makes it hot, steamy and wet throughout the year with much of its rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms. The southwest (from April to September) and northeast (November to February) monsoon winds do much to disperse the sticky heat and alternate to produce a double rainy season. The heaviest rain is at the time of changeover of monsoon winds around March to April and October. The coasts exposed to the northwest monsoon tend to be wetter than those exposed to the southwest monsoon, and rainfall across the country varies according to the prevailing monsoon winds. Slightly cooler weather is to be found up in the hills but this is often marred by heavy cloud and high humidity.

What to pack for Malaysia weather

Take light clothes with slightly warmer clothing if going to the hill regions, and go prepared for rain at any time of the year.

Tropical cyclone risk: Malaysia typhoon season

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The Malaysia tropical cyclone risk chart above shows the typhoon season for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Malaysia holiday weather averages by month

Check Malaysia holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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Compare Malaysia weather with the USA

Below the Malaysia weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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