Peninsular Malaysia weather & when to go: August

August overview

The east coast of the peninsula (the islands of Tioman & Redang, Kuala Terengganu and the Perhentian Islands) will be enjoying plenty of sunny dry days, along with perfect sea conditions for snorkelling and diving. This is considered peak season and so visitor numbers are at their highest during this month. The west coast islands (Penang, Langkawi and Pangkor) will be experiencing hot and humid conditions, along with heavy downpours but these are usually short lived and can bring a welcome relief to the humidity.

East Coast

Kuantan, Tioman Island, Perhentian Islands, Terengganu, Redang and Kota Bharu

The good news continues on the beaches along the east coast with plenty of sunshine and blue skies expected throughout August. This is coupled with the perfect sea conditions meaning visitor numbers are high (avg temp: 30 °C).

Lowlands & Highlands

Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Cameron Highlands

Through the centre of the peninsular and in both Kuala Lumpur and Malacca you can expect low monthly rainfall although short tropical showers are likely in the afternoon. The region experiences an average temperature of 29 °C, lower in the Cameron Highlands due to the altitude at an average of 20 °C.

Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies

Merdaka Day

Merdaka Day

Independence Day marks the date that Malaysia obtained independence from the British. (31st August)

Hungry Ghost Festival

Hungry Ghost Festival

Celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month by Buddhists and Taoists. This is a combination of remembrance and a time to pay homage to dead ancestors. (2016: 17th August)

West Coast

Langkawi, Penang, Pangkor

The south-west monsoon continues to blow over the western coastline bringing with it heavier afternoon thunderstorms and choppy sea conditions, however, downpours tend to be short-lived and sunshine is never far behind (avg temp: 32 °C).

Where's the
sun and sand?

sun and sand

Redang, Perhentian Islands, Kuala Terengganu, Tioman