January – March
The west coast is basked in sunshine, it’s a fantastic time to visit Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and the Cameron highlands. On the east coast however, the rainy season ensues so is best avoided.
This is a good time to visit Malaysia, the west and east coasts enjoy good weather. The cultural centres of Kuala Lumpur, Cameron Highlands and Penang might have a few odd showers but not enough to affect your trip; they might even be welcome relief from the humidity.
May – August
The East coast enjoys dry weather and glorious sunshine. The sea is relatively calm, perfect for snorkelling explorations around coral reefs. The west coast on the other hand, is now in its rainy season, so heavy downpours should be expected, albeit short-lived.
September – October
The east coast still boasts good weather and a dry climate. A northeast monsoon begins to blow, bringing slightly rougher sea conditions and a cooler temperature than the summer months. The West coast wet season declines although rain should still be expected. In particular Penang and Langkawi gets the brunt of the final wave of showers and can experience quite heavy storms.
Dry and sunny weather returns to the west coast marking the start of the peak season. On the east coast however, the monsoon brings heavy rains and many resorts close during this period, reopening in March/April time.
The west coast is in its element, with dry weather perfect for a beach stay and cultural exploration. On the east coast, downpours and storms are frequent.
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