Penang weather and climate:
Due to its 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 sunshade!
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
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One thing you should be aware of is that Penang does sometimes get affected by the smog that comes over from Sumatra in Indonesia, where an annual burning of the forests causes huge 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 get as much smog as places to the south of Malaysia and Singapore, but occasionally it can be rather unpleasant!