The best times to visit Sandakan 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.



Other Sandakan Travel Info

Weather in Sandakan


Average temperatures in Sandakan vary barely at all. 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 bottom 1 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 Sandakan, the hottest months are May, June, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May where highs are regularly around 91.4°F (33°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 76.4°F (24.7°C) at night.

Sandakan Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Sandakan Temperatures (Celsius)


“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.

Sandakan Perceived Temperature (F)


Sandakan Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Sandakan 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 84.8 79.7 75
Feb 85.5 80.2 74.8
Mar 87.2 81.3 75.5
Apr 88.9 82.5 76.1
May 90.5 82.9 76.3
Jun 91 82.8 75.9
Jul 90.5 82.1 75.4
Aug 90.8 82.1 75.2
Sep 90.8 82.1 75.3
Oct 89.2 81.7 75.5
Nov 87.5 81 75.4
Dec 86.8 81 75.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.3 26.5 23.9
Feb 29.7 26.8 23.8
Mar 30.7 27.4 24.2
Apr 31.6 28.1 24.5
May 32.5 28.3 24.6
Jun 32.8 28.2 24.4
Jul 32.5 27.8 24.1
Aug 32.7 27.8 24
Sep 32.7 27.8 24.1
Oct 31.8 27.6 24.2
Nov 30.8 27.2 24.1
Dec 30.4 27.2 24.3



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Sandakan are May, April, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early May. For example, on the week of April 30th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid January with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of January 8th.

When can you find snow in Sandakan? 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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 58% 0 26.7
Feb 38% 0 15.9
Mar 36% 0 10.2
Apr 29% 0 7.6
May 23% 0 6.3
Jun 29% 0 5.7
Jul 32% 0 7.4
Aug 31% 0 9.2
Sep 31% 0 8.4
Oct 45% 0 11.5
Nov 48% 0 12.8
Dec 49% 0 14.4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 58 0 67.8
Feb 38 0 40.4
Mar 36 0 25.9
Apr 29 0 19.3
May 23 0 16
Jun 29 0 14.5
Jul 32 0 18.8
Aug 31 0 23.4
Sep 31 0 21.3
Oct 45 0 29.2
Nov 48 0 32.5
Dec 49 0 36.6


Humidity and Wind

Sandakan has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is August (76% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (84.1%).

Wind in Sandakan is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by January and March. February’s average wind speed of around 5.6 knots (6.4 MPH or 10.3 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 late January and early February where average top sustained speeds reach 10.9 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


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

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

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 5.5 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze
Feb 5.6 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze
Mar 5.1 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.5 Light breeze 9.1 Gentle breeze
May 4.1 Light breeze 8.8 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.8 Barely noticeable 8.5 Gentle breeze
Jul 3.9 Barely noticeable 8.5 Gentle breeze
Aug 4.1 Light breeze 8.7 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.9 Barely noticeable 8.6 Gentle breeze
Oct 4 Light breeze 8.4 Gentle breeze
Nov 4 Light breeze 8.1 Gentle breeze
Dec 4.7 Light breeze 8.7 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 84.1%
Feb 80.7%
Mar 79.2%
Apr 79.3%
May 78.3%
Jun 77.4%
Jul 77.5%
Aug 76%
Sep 76.8%
Oct 79.3%
Nov 83%
Dec 83.1%


Is it Safe to Travel to Sandakan?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 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 Aug 22, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Sandakan, Malaysia is December, followed by November and June. 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 Sandakan in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

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 33.1 in May means 33.1% of the tourists vs. December.



Overall Sandakan 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 86.6°F (30.3°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 11 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest 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 9 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Sandakan, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 91.2°F (32.9°C) and 87.4°F (30.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 9 to 14 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Sandakan to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 87.4°F (30.8°C) and 84.5°F (29.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 11 to 18 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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