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Weather - dont ask, read here.

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Weather - dont ask, read here.

Across the whole of Malaysia the weather patterns have changed.

That said, the weather is fairly consistent with little change between the wet (monsoon, as some might call it) and not wet (or dry) season...

Hot at about 30c to 38c

Humid at about 95% ++ humidity

Rain - it might rain - it might not rain. If it does rain, it is likely to be a heavy shower or thunder storm in the late afternoon or evening.

Usually only last a couple of hours.

Sometimes, it might rain all day - but not very often.

Clothing - light weight and comfortable. Bring an umbrella & wear sandals.

Borneo and The East Coast monsoon is late November to mid February. This is no longer a reliable weather pattern and the above info applies. This weather system also effects southern states like JB and Melaka.

The West of the Peninsular tends to get more rain between August and October. Your location makes a difference: Langkawi is a bit wetter August and September.

Penang is wetter in September/October.

Once again, this is no longer predictable.

The problem with the tropics is the heat and humidity can create rain clouds and thunder storms at any time. You might be lying on a beach whilst 3 k away it is raining heavily.

Bottom line - even if it rains you will have FUN.

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1. Re: Weather - dont ask, read here.

Agree with esorlegin, weather is VERY unpredictable.

Rain comes and goes, sometimes within minutes and the sun shines again after that. Most islands on the east coast such as Perhentians and redang are closed during the monsoon because of rough seas.

For a pretty reliable local forecase Per city in Msia, the website of the Malaysian Meteorological Department is pretty good, they break the weather down per city and per morning, afternoons and evenings.

But again, there is no such thing as 100% certain weather in Malaysia:

http://www.met.gov.my/

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2. Re: Weather - dont ask, read here.

We're hoping to go to the Perhentian Islands, preferably end of April, but maybe mid-June. Boats terrify me at the best of times particulary when the sea is a bit choppy - would I be OK late April or would it be best to leave it till June?

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3. Re: Weather - dont ask, read here.

Nice one Esor!

The northeast monsoon blows between October and March and affects the East side of the Peninsular and Malaysian part of Borneo, whilst from May to September the southwest monsoon affects the West side of the PeninsularThe northeast monsoon blows between October and March and affects the East side of the Peninsular and Malaysian part of Borneo, whilst from May to September the southwest monsoon affects the West side of the Peninsular. The monsoon does not mean it will rain all day every day, just that the wind is in such a direction that there is a higher chance of rain.

This means that the sea conditions will be normally be 'rougher' for places like the Perhentians when the NE monsoon wind is blowing. The rest of the year the sea conditions will be 'calmer'.

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4. Re: Weather - dont ask, read here.

good luck with this esor ;-)

pam

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5. Re: Weather - dont ask, read here.

Thanks Travellingmitch. So April should have calm seas?

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6. Re: Weather - dont ask, read here.

Mizztraveller, you should have calm seas in April. However this years monsoon on the East Coast is very different to last years.

Just to give a taste of the weather for the past 7 days here

Thursday 5th- Quite mild around the 30dg ish mark, no rain until later on in the day 6.00pm for an hour then a terrific storm at 9.30 till around 11.00pm got rid of the humidity though. Lots of thunder and lightning and the car got zapped!

Fri 6th - Sun, sun, sun, and 34dgs all day high humidity and no rain.

Sat 7th mixed day hot and humid, around 34 again, rain later on for 2 hours.

Sun 8th Cloudy at first then hot at 35dg, humidity high, a little rain later on.

Mon 9th Wow like a winters morning in the UK light wise! had the lights on until after 9.00am quite dark and rained all day some very heavy, and very cool at 25dg all day long.

Tues 10th hot and humid no rain at all.

Wed 11th Much of the same hot and humid with no wind what so ever.

Thur 12th Well its 37dg! and very humid no sign of rain but can hear thunder! and it gettin a bit dark hope it rains soon its sooooooooooooooo hot!

There have been some terrific storms sometimes more than one on the go, fantastic lighting. Very heavy rain unlike last year when there was not much around at all at the same time.

The sea has been very, very choppy and there are quite a few jellyfish around (so I was told)

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7. Re: Weather - dont ask, read here.

.....should add that is the weather on the East Coast...