What is the best time to visit Penang?

The best time to visit Penang is between Mid-November and Mid-February. Just like most parts of Malaysia, Penang gets a tropical climate throughout the year. This means it is warm and humid through the year with little to no variations in weather conditions. The average temperature of Penang is around 28 degree Celsius with the highest being 32 degree Celsius. The skies are clear, and the weather is slightly cooler for sightseeing and other recreational activities. April, May, September, October and first half of November contributes to the low season of Penang as it gets heavy rainfall during these months. The weather sizzles around March along with the rise in humidity. But, it still attracts tourists who want to explore the city at their pace without much crowd. The months June to August gets a good amount of rainfall but nothing intense to act as a spoilsport to your daily plans.

Weather in Penang


Upcoming Penang Weather

Monthly Weather in Penang

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 24 30
February 24 32
March 25 32
April 25 32
May 26 32
June 26 32
July 25 32
August 25 32
September 25 31
October 25 30
November 25 31
December 24 31

Penang in Peak Season / High Season

November through February is the high season of Penang. There is plenty of sun, but it is not too hot or humid to roam around during the day. It is also the season to try out water activities like parasailing, jet-skiing, and deep sea fishing. The city comes alive during Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year as the hotels and bars have special menu and events making them packed. The night-life is something else with beach bars overlooking the ocean.

Penang in Shoulder Season

March, June, July, and August are considered as the shoulder season as it is in the crux of high and low tourist seasons making it ideal for budget travellers. The weather during these months can be unpredictable with a sudden outburst of showers. But, it does not last long and usually clears up in a couple of hours. August is also a celebration month in Georgetown with various festivals, artist performances, and concerts lined up.

Penang in Low Season

April and May is the start of the monsoon season in Penang. The average days which receives rainfall is about 19 days. It is one of the low seasons of Penang as it can tamper with your outdoor activities. But, the good news is that they are generally short-lived, unlike September and October. It is the wettest months with about 21 to 25 days of rainfall recorded. You may have to spend a lot of time indoors, but the good news is that you get excellent deals on accommodation and indoor activities like the spa.

Penang in January-February

The highest temperature in January and February is around 31 degree Celsius, and the lowest is about 24 degree Celsius. The events are quite pleasant especially when the sea breeze sets in and the humidity is relatively lower. February is also the month which receives the most amount of sunshine throughout the year.

Events & Festivals
January and February are quite busy in terms of events lined up. The English New Year is celebrated lavishly due to the number of people who celebrate here coming from other parts of the world. Thaipusam is another popular festival which happens during the mid of January with elaborate piercings of devotees, drumming, music, and free food.

Then, comes Chinese during between last week of January and mid of February depending on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Chinese Valentine's Day also known as Chap Goh Meh happens during the last day of Chinese New Year where single ladies throw oranges at sea. It is believed that it will deliver them to their soul mate.

There is also Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta which is an annual festival held in the city. It takes place during the last week of February which has several workshops, contests, and family-friendly activities.

Penang in March-April

The weather starts to sizzle during March reaching the highest temperature of 32 degree Celsius. The evenings are a little better, but it is better to book a room with air-conditioning during this season. April has no changes in temperature but brings in a little rain which cools things off.

Events & Festivals
The Songkran Thai Water Festival (Water Fight) is a traditional festival celebrated by Thai people. Songkran is the Thai New Year and followers have a water fight where they believe it washes away their bad luck.

Penang International Food Festival happens in April for two weeks which gives you a unique gastronomic experience with contemporary and traditional dishes.

Vaisakhi Celebrations are held during the end of April which is a Sikh Harvest Festival. This one attracts about 3000 people, and there are lots of food, singing, bhangra dancing, henna body painting, and cultural exhibits.

Penang in May

May brings the first set of monsoon which is not as intense as the following months. The average temperature is about 28 degree Celsius with outbursts of rain. When you are planning to go for a vacation during this season, ensure that you check on the extended forecast before you leave. It might help you plan the trip better.

Events and Festivals
Wesak Day (The Buddha Birthday) is celebrated with a procession during May. About 10,000 people participate in this event with candles and flags while chanting prayers and sprinkling holy water.

Penang International Dragon Boat festival happens during this time which attracts International rowers to compete against each other. The boats are just beautiful with intricate carving of dragonheads painted in great hues.

Penang in June-July-August

The weather in June, July, and August is pretty warm with 27 degrees on an average. The skies can be a little greyer with concentrated downpour during mid to late afternoons. After a brief downpour, you can see the sun peeking out again.

Events & Festivals
Ramadan Bazaar takes place around June and July every year where the streets are filled with Malay and Arab inspired foods. It is pretty unique and worth a visit. Penang International Lion Dance on Stilts Championship takes place every June where people dressed as Chinese lions perform.

Georgetown World Heritage Day happens around early July where multiple attractions are open across the city. There is also martial arts demonstration and traditional dances performed in the streets.
Meanwhile, Penang Japanese Bon Odori Festival happens during mid-July which honours the spirit of the ancestors. The Esplanade has dancing, fireworks, Japanese food stalls, and gifts.

Hungry Ghost Festival takes place during the 15th day of the seventh month on the Chinese lunar calendar. It is said that the gates of hell are opened during this time and to control the ghosts; there are puppet shows, Chinese opera performances, and food offerings. Georgetown Festival starts during the end of July and lasts through August. In this month-long celebration, there are so many heritage sites to be checked out.

Penang in September-October

September and October are the wettest months of Penang which has about 23 days of rainfall on average. Some rainfall might be more intense and last through a couple of days. It is important to pack your rain gear to stay dry. It is a gamble to travel during these months, but since it is a low season, there are massive discounts from almost all accommodation, restaurants, and events.

Events & Festivals
Mid-Autumn Festival is about reuniting with family and friends to admire the full moon. It is also the period where moon cakes are available all over the market which is worth trying.

Nine Emperor God Festival is another popular festival observed in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. It is held for nine days from the 9th Day or 9th Lunar month. During this time a lot of followers go on a vegetarian diet. Stalls are set to sell vegetarian goodies including food and cake. You can also witness different events like fire walking ceremony, the making of herbal medicine, etc.

Penang in November-December

The weather is pretty brilliant around this time and averages around 27 degrees with less humidity making it perfect for travellers. It also officially marks the high season of Penang.

Events & Festivals
The Penang Bridge International Marathon is an annual event which takes place during mid-November. A lot of big companies sponsor this event which is supported by the Penang government and Tourism. Christmas and countdown to New Year are pretty special in Penang as it is the busiest season. The whole place is lit up with decorations with a touch of traditional style.

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