Weather Overview for Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s
capital, is one of Southeast
Asia's fastest growing cities both economically and in physical size. It’s
situated in the central region of the country towards the west coast in the
Klang valley, bordered by the Titiwangsa
Mountain range to the
east. The name Kuala Lumpur
literally means ‘muddy confluence’ in Malay as it is situated at the meeting
point of the Klang and Gombak rivers.
Kuala Lumpur has an
equatorial climate defined by hot year
round temperatures and plentiful rainfall. The Titiwangsa
Mountains in the west and the
island of Sumatra
to the east offer protection to the city and influence its climate.
close to the equator, temperatures are hot year round and vary very little with
sitting between 27°C and 28°C for the year. The temperature varies from lows of around
22°C to highs
of around 33°C. The months of December to February are slighter cooler but only
by a degree or two. March and April are usually the warmest months, but again
the difference is minimal. Record
temperatures in the city are 37°C high and 19°C low.
The southwest monsoon rains hit Kuala Lumpur between
September and April but rainfall is not high throughout the season. The wettest
months occur at either end of this period: March to April and September to
November. October and April are the wettest with 280mm average rainfall.
The middle months of January and February
some of the driest in the year and considered the best time to visit as
temperatures are also slightly reduced and made to feel even cooler by lower
Kuala Lumpur is sheltered by mountains to the
east and west, the rains are not as heavy as in other nearby regions, such as Singapore. Although the mountains provide protection from
the worst of the region’s storms, prolonged heavy rainfall can occur and the
city can see flash flooding. For the most part, rainfall occurs in heavy but
brief afternoon downpours so there is still plenty of dry weather even in the
of the driest periods of the year is from June to
August, seeing around 150mm on average per month, and this is a good time to
visit Kuala Lumpur.
Kuala Lumpur is humid
year round with the yearly average more than 80%. In the wettest months
humidity can climb into the 90s making the heat feel more uncomfortable. The
mornings are the most humid time of time; the level drops by the afternoon.
Kuala Lumpur’s weather is
good year round so there is never really a bad time to visit this vibrant city.
You are guaranteed warm temperatures and the balmy evenings mean you never have
cause for a jacket.