Averages for Penang in July

After a brief reprieve from the larger rainfall amounts, higher rainfall totals are back for the month of July. Additionally, it will be important to consult an extended forecast to see when and where the rain will fall. However, because the rainfall will typically not last all day, it may be wise to pack a backpack full of not only rain gear, but also sunscreen for when the sun does come back out again.


Despite the clouds, there is still a good amount of sunshine...

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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 210 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 16 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 29 29 29 28 29 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 29 28 28 28 28 29 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28
°F 82 82 82 82 84 84 84 82 84 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 84 82 82 82 82 84 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82 82

After a brief reprieve from the larger rainfall amounts, higher rainfall totals are back for the month of July. Additionally, it will be important to consult an extended forecast to see when and where the rain will fall. However, because the rainfall will typically not last all day, it may be wise to pack a backpack full of not only rain gear, but also sunscreen for when the sun does come back out again.


Despite the clouds, there is still a good amount of sunshine during this time of the year in Penang. The region will receive an average of 8 hours of sunshine per day. This is perfect for adventure travelers who are looking to spend a lot of time outdoors enjoying what the region has to offer. It is also a good time to hit the beach and the waves as water temperatures remain a warm 30°C (86°F). The waters around the area are remarkably consistent from one month to the next thanks to the warm currents and the regions tropical location.


The tropics, however, are also home to the Intertropical Convergence Zone. This means that surface winds are meeting and rising through the atmosphere to form clouds and thunderstorms. The earth is home to 10,000 thunderstorms ongoing at any one time and most of these are in the ITCZ; exactly where Malaysia is located. As a result, rain chances are high and the region will experience a total of 210mm of precipitation over the course of the month. On average, 16 days of the month will receive rainfall.


Even with the rain, temperatures remain very warm. The average overnight low is just 24°C (75°F). Meanwhile, average afternoon highs will climb to 30°C (86°F). Overall, the average daily temperature is a warm, as well as a muggy, 27°C (81°F).


Where to Stay


For those who want a hotel known worldwide, the Holiday Inn Resort offers everything a guest will want and then some. Located along the Batu Ferringhi, the hotel has sea, sun, surf and a vibrant nightlife right outside the doors. Home to the only high rise hotel on the strip, the 24-story tower offers commanding views of all of Penang. A perfect hotel for families, the hotel features an adult pool as well as one for children, full service gym, massages, bike rentals, kid’s club and numerous eating options. As a result, this can be the perfect place for a July holiday.


Set 250 feet above sea level, the five-star Hotel Equatorial Penang is in a class all to its own. The hotel features 662 rooms and suites, all classically furnished and featuring state-of-the-art amenities. Guests have several dining choices ranging from classic French to traditional Japanese. The hotel also boasts a fully equipped fitness center, outdoor pool, squash and tennis courts, shuttle service and service standards that are second to none.


The Bayview Beach Resort offers stunning views of the surrounding beach and nearby waters. A part of the Bayview International Hotels and Resorts, this particular hotel is located along the northwest coast of Penang right along the beach. Guests may choose from 360 rooms and suites that are all tastefully decorated and offer a private balcony with views of the hills or the sea. There are numerous restaurants on site and the hotels features a kid’s club, swimming pool, tennis court, gym and spa.


What to Do


One of the best ways to see Penang is to do so from the bow of a boat. There are a number of boat tours that visitors can take that will allow them to get up close and personal with locations that aren’t accessible by car. There are boat tours of varying lengths and locations as well as sunset cruises that offer a different perspective of the setting sun. This is the perfect way to wind down a July day and enjoy the warm temperatures.  


If you are traveling with children, one of the best adventures in the region can be found at Adventure Zone. Complete with slides, climbing wall and more, this is a great place to head to if the weather drives you indoors. The staff is friendly and accommodating and takes the time to explain any safety procedures. Your kids will love it and be exhausted at the end.



Hit the Beach


Located in Penang National Park, Pantai Kerachut is one of the most remote beaches on the island. July is an excellent time to visit this beach as jellyfish are prevalent later in the year. It is also the nesting ground for a wide variety of turtles making it the perfect spot for those who enjoying being one with nature. The area is also home to one of only four meromictic lakes in Asia where the seawater and fresh water do not intermix making it a beautiful sight. Thanks to 8 hours of sunshine per day during July, there is plenty of time to enjoy the region.


Restaurants and Nightlife 


Located in the heart of George Town, Red Garden Food Paradise is perfect for friends or family to sit down and relax while enjoying a good meal and some good drinks. The menu includes plenty of local dishes as well as international fare that are sure to please everyone at the table. Additionally, there is a stage where professional singers offer entertainment throughout the evening.


The Book Sandwich Café is known as one of the best western style cafes in Penang. The café itself offers a wide variety of sandwiches such as the crab “burger”, pastas and amazing desserts. While it can get crowded at lunch, the line generally moves quickly and is worth the wait. The dishes are also well proportioned and come at a good price.


With the longest bar in Penang at 46 meters, there is always somewhere to sit at the fashionable G Lounge.  Located inside the G Hotel Lobby, guests can do plenty of people watching while enjoying one of the bar’s signature Malaysian Dream cocktail. Catering to both hotel guests and those who are not registered at the hotel, the bar is a perfect place to sit back and relax in a warm and friendly environment. 

July events in Penang


Penang Beach Carnival

1st July 2017 to 8th July 2017

A week-long carnival offering plenty of local foods, seaside festivities, shows and cultural events, fashion parades, inter-hotel competitions and parties. It also a chance for tourists to experience the beautiful local beaches, for example Batu Ferringhi.



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Georgetown World Heritage Day

7th July 2017

Georgetown is the capital state of Penang, and this event commemorates the award given by UNESCO to Georgetown for its unique historical and architectural buildings and landscapes. There will be celebrations taking place across Penang, celebrating all aspects of Penang's heritage.



Penang Governor's Birthday

12th July 2017

The birthday of the Yang Di Pertua Negeri is celebrated throughout the State with a variety of events, including sports activities, boat races, flag parades, school band parades and tea parties.




Taiwan Festival

8th July 2017

The event aims to promote Taiwanese culture, food and art and to create an understanding between Penang and Taiwan. Various performance from Taiwan, delicious snacks and traditional food and handicrafts will be presented. There will be a wealth of dance and musical performances, as around 30,000 people are expected to attend this event.



Penang Bon Odori Festival

14th July 2017 to 16th July 2017

This is Penang's most anticipated Japanese cultural festival, which is full of Japanese food, art and dancing. The annual Bon Odori Festival will be happening from 6pm – 11pm. As usual, the fireworks will start at 10pm sharp.



Hungry Ghost Festival

15th July 2017

Hungry Ghost Festivals falls on the 15th day of August every year (Equivalent to seventh moon in the Chinese calendar). A festivity where stage operas and other musical performances are provided to entertain dead souls. Paper money and other goodies are burnt in a giant bonfire as a gift to the dead souls.



St. Anne's Festival

22nd July 2017 to 31st July 2017

St. Anne's Festival is a religious event, which involves a procession, prayer and novena. This ten day celebration turns the town of Bukit Mertajam into a carnival like atmosphere with lots of stalls selling food and items outside of the church.



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