What's Penang Weather Like?

Penang weather and climate:

Due to it's location near the equator, Penang has what is known as an equatorial climate, which basically means it is warm and humid throughout the year.

Humidity never really drops below 75% during the day and 65% during the night, with September and October the most humid months rising to the low 80's%. This is also the time of the highest rainfall.

However, don't let that put you off visiting Penang.

When it rains, it really pours! But usually only in short sharp bursts. Then out comes the sun again.

Plus, if you do visit Penang, do bring an umbrella!

You never know when you will need one here and rain showers can occur at any time of year. Plus, you can use them as a handy sun shade!

So when is the best time to visit Penang?

For clear blue skies and less rain, the months of January, February and March are usually the best.

And don't forget your sunblock, even when it is cloudy.

Some of the best places to visit while in Penang. Just click on a picture for more information

Penang Weather Statistics

Average Daily Temperatures:

Minimum Temperatures and Maximum Temperatures
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
23ºC 23ºC 23ºC 24ºC 23ºC 23ºC 23ºC 23ºC 23ºC 23ºC 23ºC 23ºC
32ºC 33ºC 33ºC 33ºC 32ºC 32ºC 32ºC 32ºC 31ºC 32ºC 31ºC 32ºC

Average rainfall:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
94 mm 79 mm 142 mm 188 mm 272 mm 196 mm 191 mm 295 mm 401 mm 429 mm 302 mm 147 mm

Average number of rainy days:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 7 11 14 16 12 12 15 18 21 19 11

Average daily sunshine hours:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 5 5 6 7

Smog in Penang

One thing you should be aware of is that Penang does sometimes get affected by the smog that comes over from Sumatra Indonesia, where an annual burning of the forests causes waste amounts of smoke from the underlying peat.

If the smog does come over the island, it usually occurs during the months of September and October.

Penang does not usually get as much smog as places to the south of Malaysia and Singapore, but occasionally it can be rather unpleasant!

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