Situated between 1° and 6°N, the whole of Malaysia has a classic equatorial climate, with high temperatures and wet months throughout the year. Temperatures at sea level range from 21°C to 32°C, whilst at higher elevations it is much cooler, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C. Annual rainfall varies from 2,000mm to 2,500mm.
A beach holiday can be enjoyed all year round in Malaysia, as the east and west coasts experience their wettest months at alternate times of the year.
The wet season on the west of the peninsula (Apr-Oct) brings thunderstorms in the afternoons, but these are usually brief, and the odd downpour is a welcome way to reduce the humidity.
The east coast, however, tends to have a heavier wet season, and is best avoided during the rainy period (Nov-Feb). During these months, many of the beach resorts close, and re-open in March.