South East Asia
Sara and John say...
Malaysia and Singapore have a classic equatorial climate, with high temperatures and occasional downpours. It’s a steamy heat with temperatures typically ranging between the low 20s and low 30s Celsius night and day.
The good news is that coastal locations benefit from a sea breeze, which brings the temperatures down by 1 or 2 degrees; and on a humid day this can make all the difference from the stifling heat inland!
And a beach holiday can be enjoyed all year round in Malaysia, as the east and west coasts experience differing seasons.
The east coast is hot and sunny for much of the year with the warm waters of the South China Sea generating a breeze that moderates the humidity somewhat. Monsoon rains peak between November and February. But outside of this period the east coast is usually drier than the rest of Malaysia and, therefore, offers the perfect destinations for hitting the beach.
The west coast of the mainland and islands off the Malay Peninsular see most showers during September and October. However, even during the rainy season, it is still possible to enjoy a week or two's holiday with little more than the occasional short tropical downpour.
The highlands have a distinctly different climate to the rest of Malaysia. Temperatures average a very pleasant 22 degrees in the daytime and a relatively cool 15 Celsius at night – an excellent climate for visitors, offering a pleasant contrast to the hotter lowland areas. A typical day consists of blue skies in the morning, showery afternoons and chilly nights.
So whether enjoying the pristine seas, exploring the exotic wildlife or marvelling at unique cultural sights and smells, Malaysia is a country for all seasons.