Intellicast's Climate Guide To Malaysia

Malaya is a narrow mountainous peninsula south of Thailand. The peninsula includes Malaysia and the small, and now independent, state of Singapore. Malaysia is situated just north of the equator and has an equatorial climate with high temperatures and an abundance of rainfall all year round. Like most of the region, it is influenced by the great Asian monsoon, with northeast winds from November to February and southwest winds from April to September.

During the transition periods between the two monsoons (usually March and September or October), winds are light and variable. This transition is associated with the movement of the Intertropical Convergence Zone. This zone of more concentrated cloudiness and precipitation travels north in March and south in October. Rainfall is enhanced during these transitions.

Singapore on the southeast tip of the Peninsula has the most rainfall during the northeast monsoon. At Kuala Lumpur, a dual maxima is more clearly seen, tied to the transition between the two monsoons.

Because of its equatorial location, temperatures are high and do not vary greatly from day-to-night or from month-to-month. The greatest temperature variation occurs with elevation. The higher elevations are much cooler than the lower elevations, yet they tend to be cloudier and wetter. Because of the surrounding tropical oceans, high humidity is a persistent element of the climate, regardless of the time of day or the season.

The combination of high temperature and humidity means muggy conditions prevail. Relief can be sought in higher elevations or near the coast with the sea breeze or strong monsoon flow during the peak monsoon seasons. During the transition seasons, because of the lighter winds, conditions are often oppressive, even at night.

SINGAPORE

Month
Record Low
Normal Low Normal High Record High Average Rainfall Average # Of Rain Days
January 68°F
20°C
73°F
23°C
86°F
30°C
93°F
34°C
9.9 inches
252 mm
17
February 66°F
19°C
73°F
23°C
88°F
31°C
94°F
34°C
6.8 inches
173 mm
11
March 67°F
19°C
75°F
24°C
88°F
31°C
94°F
34°C
7.6 inches
193 mm
14
April 70°F
21°C
75°F
24°C
88°F
31°C
95°F
35°C
7.4 inches
188 mm
15
May 70°F
21°C
75°F
24°C
89°F
32°C
97°F
36°C
6.8 inches
173 mm
15
June 70°F
21°C
75°F
24°C
88°F
31°C
95°F
35°C
6.8 inches
173 mm
13
July
70°F
21°C
75°F
24°C
88°F
31°C
93°F
34°C
6.7 inches
170 mm
13
August 69°F
21°C
75°F
24°C
87°F
31°C
93°F
34°C
7.7 inches
196 mm
14
September 69°F
21
°C
75°F
24°C
88°F
31
°C
93°F
34
°C
7.0 inches
178 mm
14
October 69°F
21°C
74°F
23°C
87°F
31°C
93°F
34°C
8.2 inches
208 mm
16
November 69°F
21°C
74°F
23°C
87°F
31°C
92°F
33°C
10.0 inches
254 mm
18
December 69°F
21°C
74°F
23°C
87°F
31°C
93°F
34°C
10.1 inches
257 mm
19

MALAYSIA

Month
Record Low
Normal Low Normal High Record High Average Rainfall Average # Of Rain Days
January 64°F
18°C
72°F
22°C
90°F
32°C
96°F
36°C
6.2 inches
158 mm
14
February 68°F
20°C
72°F
22°C
92°F
33°C
98°F
37°C
7.9 inches
201 mm
14
March 68°F
20°C
73°F
23°C
92°F
33°C
98°F
37°C
10.2 inches
259 mm
17
April 70°F
21°C
74°F
23°C
91°F
33°C
96°F
36°C
11.5 inches
292 mm
20
May 69°F
21°C
72°F
22°C
91°F
33°C
97°F
37°C
8.8 inches
224 mm
16
June 68°F
20°C
73°F
23°C
91°F
33°C
96°F
36°C
5.1 inches
130 mm
13
July
67°F
19°C
73°F
23°C
90°F
32°C
96°F
36°C
3.9 inches
99 mm
12
August 68°F
20°C
73°F
23°C
90°F
32°C
96°F
36°C
6.4 inches
163 mm
14
September 68°F
20
°C
73°F
23°C
90°F
32
°C
95°F
35
°C
8.6 inches
218 mm
17
October 69°F
21°C
73°F
23°C
89°F
32°C
95°F
35°C
9.8 inches
249 mm
20
November 69°F
21°C
72°F
22°C
89°F
32°C
95°F
35°C
10.2 inches
259 mm
20
December 66°F
19°C
74°F
23°C
89°F
32°C
95°F
35°C
7.5 inches
191 mm
18
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