Climate of Malaysia - Environmental and Geographic analysis

In this piece of writing, we will try to introduce you with the Malaysian climate. The environmental perspectives and the impacts of urbanization will also be touched accordingly so that you have a better knowledge about the recent weather condition in different regions of Malaysia.

Malaysia is a southeast Asian nation that lies at the tip of the northern equator. Geographically it lies on the Gulf of Thailand and extends its trail throughout Borneo Island and the Malay Peninsula. When considering the overall climate of Malaysia, the geographical position promotes an equatorial weather pattern in this land. Such a climatic scenario makes this weather wet, hot yet humid. You can expect rains and yet sweaty almost all the time in the year when in Malaysia.

The scenario of Malaysia Climate

When mentioned equatorial climate expects the temperature of this country relatively high. The temperature column is completely different from that of north or north western continental nations. However, the temperature is nearly not that harsh as like the African continent. The weather of Malaysia is much stable and climatic scenario is much pleasant in contrast.

The more precise profiling of the Malaysian climate tells that the northern region of the nation goes through a small decrease in the temperature in between the month of November to January. However, the nation faces a mild wave of temperature rises from March to August in a year. This rise of temperature is due to the increase of humidity.

As mentioned earlier Malaysia is extended through the Malay Peninsula, which occupies the Malaysian mainland to the Borneo region. This gives the nation two different climate zones. This means two different zones of Malaysia experience separate weather patterns. Further weather evaluation and climatic profiling below will give you even more in depth idea about the climate of Malaysia.

In depth Malaysia Climatic profiling

Upon more in-depth analysis brings out the fact that Northeastern monsoon climate is more prominent in the east coast of Peninsular of Malaysia. As a result, this part of Malaysia receives approximately 2500 to 3000 millimeters of rainfall per year. The largest rainfall hits this zone in between the month of November to January. The southern, central, and occasionally northern part of the country also experiences the shower during these months.

Malaysian regions like Kota Bharu, Redang and Perhentian, the island of Tioman all fall under this climatic pattern where the areas experience massive rainfall in between the month of November to January. However, from February to the middle of the year, the rainfall remains at its minimal margin in these regions; below approximately 100 millimeters in precise.

On the contrary, the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia experience relatively low rainfall and are much drier according to the weather pattern. Here the northern winds are well concealed due to the presence of mountain ranges, which put an influence in the low rainfall scenario in this region of Malaysia. The rainfall experienced here during December to march hardly goes above 100 millimeters. However, the rainy season starts here from May to the middle of November but at a limited extend. 

When measuring rainfall, the Borneo region of Malaysia gets the maximum of it, which is much more than the peninsula areas mentioned above. Some of these areas, western part in precise, receives the rainfall almost at a regular basis in between the month of October to march.

When the weather conditions of peninsular zones are in this form, the capital city of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, on the other hand, shows a dry climate pattern. The city faces its rainy season on two different occasions of the year; from January to February and in between the month of June to august. The city is prone to sudden thunderstorms any time during these periods of time. During the last four months of the year, the city remains mostly cloudy and gloomy compared to other months of the year.

Weather pattern across the months in Malaysia

By now you must have an idea that the weather and climate pattern in Malaysia varies from region to region. Thanks to the geographical positioning of the country, such a difference in weather can be experienced in a single nation. This climate contrast put a big influence on the natural diversity, lifestyle, commerce and mostly tours and travel industries in this country. No matter what the differences are, the Malaysian climate tends to be warm, and humid throughout the year. However, if the weather scenario is well analyzed, the climatic condition can be cataloged in Malaysia. When categorized according to the month, this nation gets two distinct seasons; Southwest Monsoon and Northeast monsoon. However, a short rainy cold weather pattern pops up during each November of the calendar year.

From Late May to September is the time Malaysia experience the southwestern monsoon season. From November to march this is distinguished as the Northeast monsoon. In general, the weather remains relatively calm between the month's March to May. However, the climates go more dramatic, and you may need to set your mind for sudden monsoon shower or blazing, sweaty heat during the remaining of the other months.

During the November climate of Malaysia experience much cooler weather, of course with lots of rain. December, January and February is occupied by the country’s Northeast monsoon season. At this time Malaysia experiences frequent and regular rainfalls throughout the day.

Impact of climate change and rapid urbanization on Malaysian climate

The impact of Malaysia's climate change and fast urbanization is inevitable. The ill effect is falling on the climates of Malaysia. Weather deterioration is due to due to sudden rise of global temperature, rapid urbanization, unaccountable logging and deforestation for the sack of farming and agriculture. The result is obvious as well. The country in recent years confronted food shortages, soil erosions, floods, soil degradations etcetera.

The rise of population and demand along with global mismanagements are literally responsible for the current climatic disaster. The unaccountable mining, industrialization may bring big revenues to the nation, but when seen in the bigger scenario, unplanned urbanization and industrialization is destroying the rare biodiversity of Malaysia.

Recently various regions of Malaysia reported comparatively lesser rainfalls, which are putting agriculture of the nation into risk. For instance, Sungai Selangor Dam reported being dangerously drier this year, whereas this dam is responsible to supply more than sixty percent of water to the capital city of Malaysia.

On the other hand, floods are rising in the country, the rise of sea level, posing bigger threats in the nation. Soil erosion is increasing at a parallel rate. The Malaysia climate took a different turn in recent years and weather condition is now way more unpredictable than any other years at the past.

The scenario seemed to be going way out of hand, so the government of the nation recently took drastic steps. They are now putting up environment laws. They are showing their concerns to international organizations and coming up with better and more sustainable plans to deal with the current environmental crisis together. Now they are spreading awareness nationally and partnering with international bodies to strategize stronger environmental law, to save the climate of Malaysia as well the world.

FAQ on Malaysia climate

What is the climate of Malaysia now?

Malaysia enjoys a tropical climate all year round but the climate is often quite humid due to its proximity to water. Yet, the weather is never too hot and temperatures range from a light 20°C degrees to 30°C degrees Celsius throughout the year; The highlands, however, experience cooler temperatures.

What is the average temperature in Malaysia?

Looking forward, we estimate that the temperature in Malaysia could stand at 26.43 in 12 months. In the long run, Malaysia’s average temperature will be projected to trend around 26.43 Celsius in 2021, according to our econometric model.

How many seasons does Malaysia have?

In Southeast Asian countries, Malaysia is warm and friendly. It consists of 14 states and 3 federal territories. Malaysia is situated on the line of the Equator, which means Malaysia does not have four seasons (spring, summer, winter, autumn), but it has sunny days and rainy days throughout the year.

Does Malaysia get cold?

In Malaysia, there are almost no seasonal changes in climate, but the coolest time starts from November to January when the temperature drops to +26 °C (79 °F). However, the climate of Malaysia is different and depending on which region you are.

Is Malaysia Hot or cold?

Malaysia enjoys tropical weather year round but the climate is often quite humid due to its proximity to the water. Nevertheless, the weather is never too hot and temperatures range from a mild 20°C to 30°C throughout the year; The highlands, however, experience cooler temperatures.

What is Malaysia famous for?

Malaysia is one of the world’s most popular for coastal tourism. Langkawi, Kedah's most famous nature island escape for the family. Malaysian Food is our King! Malaysia is food heaven, arguably among the world's best Thailand, Indonesia, China, and India, while Malaysia is the mix of ALL.

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