The best times to visit Kota Bahru for ideal weather are

January 22nd to March 18th

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

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Weather in Kota Bahru

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kota Bahru vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 3rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. 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, June, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid April 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


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kota Bahru are February, April, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid to late November with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of November 19th.

When can you find snow in Kota Bahru? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 29% 0 8.8
Feb 9% 0 2.1
Mar 21% 0 7.3
Apr 18% 0 3.7
May 25% 0 4.8
Jun 25% 0 5.1
Jul 30% 0 6.4
Aug 34% 0 7.3
Sep 31% 0 5.5
Oct 39% 0 9.8
Nov 58% 0 25.4
Dec 54% 0 24.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 29 0 22.4
Feb 9 0 5.3
Mar 21 0 18.5
Apr 18 0 9.4
May 25 0 12.2
Jun 25 0 13
Jul 30 0 16.3
Aug 34 0 18.5
Sep 31 0 14
Oct 39 0 24.9
Nov 58 0 64.5
Dec 54 0 61.2

 

Humidity and Wind

Kota Bahru has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. 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 calm. 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 “a 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.

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Wind

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

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 5.6 Light breeze 10 Gentle breeze
Feb 5.5 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Mar 5 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.4 Light breeze 9.4 Gentle breeze
May 3.9 Barely noticeable 8.8 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.7 Barely noticeable 8.2 Gentle breeze
Jul 3.7 Barely noticeable 8.6 Gentle breeze
Aug 3.8 Barely noticeable 8.7 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.7 Barely noticeable 8.7 Gentle breeze
Oct 3.6 Barely noticeable 8.5 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.6 Barely noticeable 8.2 Gentle breeze
Dec 5.4 Light breeze 10.1 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?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Jan 18, 2018 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


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Kota Bahru, Malaysia is June, followed by September and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kota Bahru in February. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 41.5 in February means 41.5% of the tourists vs. June.


Overall Kota Bahru Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 91.2°F (32.9°C) and 86.8°F (30.4°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Kota Bahru, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

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. It rains or snows a good amount: 9 to 17 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher 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). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 2 to 17 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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