The best times to visit Penang for ideal weather are
December 10th to September 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Penang Travel Guide
Weather in Penang
Average temperatures in Penang vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th 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 Penang, the hottest months are May, June, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid May where highs are regularly around 90.3°F (32.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 77.3°F (25.2°C) at night.
Penang Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Penang Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Penang Perceived Temperature (F)
Penang Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Penang 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Penang are January, February, 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 January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October to early November with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of October 29th.
When can you find snow in Penang? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Penang.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Penang (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Penang has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is February (70.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (81.4%).
Wind in Penang is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by January and March. February’s average wind speed of around 4.5 knots (5.1 MPH or 8.3 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 early to mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 10 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Penang.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||4.3||Light breeze||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.5||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||4.3||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.2||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|May||4||Light breeze||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||3.9||Barely noticeable||8.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||3.9||Barely noticeable||9||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.9||Barely noticeable||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||4||Light breeze||8.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.8||Barely noticeable||8.8||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||4||Light breeze||8.9||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Penang?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Mar 17, 2019 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. This advisory was last updated on Dec 10, 2018.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Penang, 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 Penang 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
Overall Penang Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 90.3°F (32.4°C) and 88.9°F (31.6°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with 0 to 1 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 the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Penang, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 88.4°F (31.3°C) and 86.7°F (30.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 7 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 Penang to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 90.1°F (32.3°C) and 87.4°F (30.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.