The best times to visit Kota Bahru for ideal weather are

early-to-mid-January

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 


Kota Bahru Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Kota Bahru

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Kota Bahru vary barely at all and are too warm to be considered temperate for most. The area is in the bottom 1 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kota Bahru, the hottest months are May, April, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early May where highs are regularly around 91.2°F (32.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76.4°F (24.7°C) at night.

    Kota Bahru Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Kota Bahru Temperatures (Celsius)

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    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    Kota Bahru Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Kota Bahru Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Kota Bahru Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 84.2 78.8 73.1
    Feb 86.2 79.8 72.9
    Mar 87.8 81.1 74.6
    Apr 89.9 82.8 76.2
    May 90.7 83.1 76.3
    Jun 90.6 82.8 76
    Jul 89.6 81.8 75.1
    Aug 89.3 81.4 74.7
    Sep 89.2 81.2 74.7
    Oct 87.5 80.5 74.7
    Nov 85.3 79.6 74.6
    Dec 84.5 79.4 74.3

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 29 26 22.8
    Feb 30.1 26.6 22.7
    Mar 31 27.3 23.7
    Apr 32.2 28.2 24.6
    May 32.6 28.4 24.6
    Jun 32.6 28.2 24.4
    Jul 32 27.7 23.9
    Aug 31.8 27.4 23.7
    Sep 31.8 27.3 23.7
    Oct 30.8 26.9 23.7
    Nov 29.6 26.4 23.7
    Dec 29.2 26.3 23.5

     
    Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chance of Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kota Bahru.

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kota Bahru (in).

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 47.1 0 0.28
    Feb 18.6 0 0.08
    Mar 35.7 0 0.24
    Apr 30 0 0.12
    May 40 0 0.15
    Jun 40 0 0.17
    Jul 45.7 0 0.21
    Aug 51.4 0 0.23
    Sep 48.6 0 0.18
    Oct 58.6 0 0.32
    Nov 77.1 0 0.85
    Dec 72.9 0 0.78

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 47.1 0 0.71
    Feb 18.6 0 0.2
    Mar 35.7 0 0.61
    Apr 30 0 0.3
    May 40 0 0.38
    Jun 40 0 0.43
    Jul 45.7 0 0.53
    Aug 51.4 0 0.58
    Sep 48.6 0 0.46
    Oct 58.6 0 0.81
    Nov 77.1 0 2.16
    Dec 72.9 0 1.98
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    Humidity and Wind

    Kota Bahru has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is February (74.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (83.6%).

    Wind in Kota Bahru is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by February and December. January’s average wind speed of around 5.6 knots (6.4 MPH or 10.4 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid-December where average top sustained speeds reach 11.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kota Bahru.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 5.6 a light breeze 10 a gentle breeze
    Feb 5.5 a light breeze 10.4 a gentle breeze
    Mar 5 a light breeze 10.1 a gentle breeze
    Apr 4.4 a light breeze 9.4 a gentle breeze
    May 3.9 light air 8.8 a gentle breeze
    Jun 3.7 light air 8.2 a gentle breeze
    Jul 3.7 light air 8.6 a gentle breeze
    Aug 3.8 light air 8.7 a gentle breeze
    Sep 3.7 light air 8.7 a gentle breeze
    Oct 3.6 light air 8.5 a gentle breeze
    Nov 3.6 light air 8.2 a gentle breeze
    Dec 5.4 a light breeze 10.1 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 77.5
    Feb 74.8
    Mar 76.9
    Apr 76
    May 76
    Jun 75.7
    Jul 76.5
    Aug 75.9
    Sep 76
    Oct 79.9
    Nov 83.6
    Dec 81

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Kota Bahru?

    As of 6/27/2017 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Malaysia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
     

    Overall Kota Bahru Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 91.2°F (32.9°C) and 86.8°F (30.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Spring is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Kota Bahru, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 89.4°F (31.9°C) and 84.3°F (29.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Kota Bahru to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 86.8°F (30.4°C) and 83.6°F (28.7°C). These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.