Averages for Penang in August

Hot and humid conditions are the norm during this time of the year, with brief periods of heavy rainfall mixed in. However, the rain can be a welcome relief from the stifling humidity, at least for a short period of time. August is typically one of the more popular times to visit Penang and Malaysia, so it is important that reservations be made as soon as possible.


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  • Temperature Temperature 27°C 81°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 30°C 86°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 24°C 75°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 8 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 190 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 17 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 30°C 86°F

Daily averages for Penang

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Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31
°C 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 29 29 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 27 27 28 28 28
°F 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 84 84 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 81 81 82 82 82

Hot and humid conditions are the norm during this time of the year, with brief periods of heavy rainfall mixed in. However, the rain can be a welcome relief from the stifling humidity, at least for a short period of time. August is typically one of the more popular times to visit Penang and Malaysia, so it is important that reservations be made as soon as possible.


Temperatures remain warm throughout the day with average overnight lows bottoming out at only 24°C (75°F). In fact, even with autumn officially beginning next month, overnight lows will not get any cooler for the rest of the year. Temperatures are warm in the afternoon as well with highs reaching an average of 30°C (86°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is 27°C (81°F). Of course, it is important to make sure that your hotel room is equipped with air conditioning or at least have fans in order to move around the hot and humid air to allow for a more pleasurable stay.


Rainfall amounts for the month are just slightly lower than the previous month and much lower than what is expected over the next two months. As a result, now is a good time to go and explore outdoors. The average rainfall amount for the month is 190mm spread over an average of 17 days. However, there is still plenty of sun with an average of 8 hours of sunshine expected each day. This is because the showers and thunderstorms are typically short in duration allowing the sun to quickly reappear.


When it is dry, this is the perfect time of the year to hit the beach. The average water temperature is a warm 30°C (86°F). At this temperature, the water feels more like a bath and is perfect for children or adults to enjoy for a significant amount of time.


Where to Stay


Even though it is just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Evergreen Laurel Hotel feels like it is worlds away. Set by itself, guests can enjoy peace and relaxation at this elegant hotel with first-class amenities. The hotel features a total of 367 guestrooms in and 18-story building with either a city or a sea view. The hotel also offers four restaurants, swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, spa and tennis courts.


The Northam All Suite Penang offers plenty of room for business travelers or those visiting with a large family. All rooms are decorated with the guest’s comfort in mind and come with a private Jacuzzi, WiFi, TV, private bath and air conditioning. Guests may enjoy the outdoor pool, numerous restaurants and bars and take advantage of the tour desk to find out the best things to see and do.


Those looking for luxury will find it at the five-star Lexis Suites Penang. Each of the resort’s 222 suites are appointed with luxurious amenities and include floor to ceiling windows as well as private dip pools and steam room in each unit. Spacious, yet cosy, guests may never want to leave their room. August guests will enjoy the outdoor pools, gym, numerous restaurants and bars, bike rentals and more.  


What to Do


The 7th month of the Chinese lunar calendar is a time when Hell is opened and spirits roam the earth. It is during August that Chinese Taoists and Buddhists make nightly offerings of food for the spirits. Additionally, temples will organise free stage performances to entertain the souls. These performances include singing and dancing as well as opera and puppet shows. Tourists are invited to these events, but don’t sit on the bright red benches, as they are reserved for the “special guests.”


For those looking to do some scuba diving and explore the world under the water, the good news is that there are many places to go exploring. Sea Trek has courses available to get any visitor ready to head out on an adventure of a lifetime and is the PADI dive center in Penang. They can also arrange scuba tours around most of the region.


Hit the Beach


Pulau Aman is not only home to beautiful beaches, but it is also the location of a picturesque fishing village with a population of only 300. Boats will depart from Bukit Tambun every day for those who want to visit the island take advantage of the beaches, cycling, fishing, kayaking or jungle trekking. If the 190mm of rain drives visitors indoors in August, there are plenty of other sightseeing opportunities such as visiting Pirates Cave or experiencing World War II relics.


Restaurants and Nightlife


Pit Stop No. 12 may have an odd name, but it is definitely worth a visit. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the entire family will enjoy the wide selection ranging from omelets to pork stew. It is definitely a must do while in Penang.


Those looking for western food options in addition to traditional Asian fare will enjoy Enca. Serving such dishes as pizza, burgers, milkshakes and food such as prawn masala, there is something on the menu for everyone. This is a good family spot and will also not break the bank.


Located inside the Seven Terraces Hotel, the Baba Bar is open to the public and a great place to have a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap after a long day out. The bar is relaxing with a warm and friendly atmosphere and offers an extensive wine and beer selection along with a fully stocked bar to make any cocktail you may want. 

August events in Penang


Georgetown Festival

1st August 2017 to 31st August 2017

George Town Festival is an annual feast of music, dance, film, arts, food and visual spectacles, from local and international artists. The aim of the festival is to celebrate George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and to showcase the unique diversity of our culture and heritage.




Malaysia International Lion Dance On Stilts Competition

5th August 2017 to 6th August 2017

A competition event where teams from all over Malaysia, Vietnam, China and more will battle for the most creative and original lion dance performance.




Smart Kids Asia

11th August 2017 to 13th August 2017

Smart Kids Asia is Asia's largest educational kid's fair. It is a fun filled family event where parents and children can discover and experience educational stimulation. Combining Education, Health and Family Bonding activities, SmartKids Asia offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the potential of children through must-see demonstrations, family centric exhibits and product booths.



International Conference on Electronic Design

18th August 2017 to 20th August 2017

The International Conference on Electronic Design aims to provide a platform to professionals, researchers, academicians and industries to share and generate interest in cutting-edge applications, challenges and issues in the area of Electronics System Design for Next Generation Technologies.



Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literature

18th August 2017 to 20th August 2017

The Malaysian International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures brings together graduate students, teachers, and researchers from all over the world. The conference will cover areas like Cultural And Ethnic Studies, Cognitive, Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, Communication and Information Technologies, and many more topics.



International Conference on Food Innovation

25th August 2017 to 27th August 2017

The purpose of the conference is to stimulate scientific discussion and interdisciplinary research in food science, food technology, bioprocessing and other scientific disciplines. The conference will cover areas like Emerging Technologies In Food Processing and Food Analysis.



Ipc Southeast Asia High Reliability Conference

25th August 2017 to 27th August 2017

IPC has brought together an international panel of experts to discuss issues such as how design and materials choices affects reliability, cost and turn around time in today's production environment.



Public Hoilday

National Independence Day

31st August 2017

2017 is Penang's 58th National Day Celebration parade, the celebrations will see a parade of civil-military march past, cultural performances as well as floats in intricate designs and colours.




Merdeka Parade

31st August 2017

31 August is the Malaysian Independence Day and is usually celebrated on a grand scale throughout the country. There will be a Merdeka Parade on the 31 August at Esplanade. Over 150 contingents representing various government agencies will be marching in the parade. Spectacular fireworks at the stroke of midnight.



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