Langkawi, Malaysia Weather and Climate
General & Geography
Langkawi is a group of islands off the northwest coast of Malaysia and mainly refers to the main island of the same name, Pulau Langkawi, in the border area between Malaysia and Thailand.
Langkawi is one of the most popular holiday regions in the country and measures around 320 square kilometers (main island). In contrast to neighboring Penang, Langkawi has been able to retain much of its original character and is still almost 70% covered by tropical rainforest today.
The island has its own international airport, which is mainly served by Air Asia several times a day at low prices from the capital of Malaysia. Alternatively, bus connections and ferry connections (from Penang, Kuala Kedah or Satun in Thailand) are available. From Germany, transfer connections are usually chosen via Kuala Lumpur.
While the interior of the island is predominantly agricultural, the Langkawi coast clearly focuses on tourism. However, the government relies on sustainable concepts and tries to preserve the unique natural beauty of the islands.
The Geopark with the imposing limestone cliffs and the adjacent mangrove swamps is also home to an impressive fauna, especially sea eagles (the heraldic animal of the island) can often be observed up close. In addition, the black sand beach Pasir Hitham, a cable car ride to Mount Mat Chincang, the Oriental Village and the capital Kuah are among the most beautiful sights.
The many artist villages, the Seven Walls and Durian Perangin waterfalls and a day trip to Pulau Payar Island (for divers and snorkelers) are also very popular with Langkawi vacationers.
Climate in Langkawi (Malaysia)
The climate on Pulau Langkawi can be described as tropical and is subject to strong monsoons. The temperatures are consistently high all year round, with only minimal fluctuations. Night temperatures of around 23 degrees are common, while the average during the day is 31 to 34 degrees.
The dry season on Langkawi falls from December to mid- April, the rainy season runs from around the beginning of May to mid- November. The highest amounts of precipitation fall in September and October, the driest months are January and February.
Due to the sheltered location in the lee of Sumatra, large amounts of rain are caught on the way to Langkawi, so that there is generally less rainfall than in other regions of Southeast Asia. The water temperatures on Langkawi are between 25 and 29 degrees and are suitable for bathing all year round.
When is the best time to visit Langkawi?
The temperatures on Langkawi are pleasantly warm all year round, but the high humidity during the rainy season often makes the climate uncomfortable and humid for Europeans. May to November are therefore only recommended as a travel time with a few restrictions, even if cheap off-season offers beckon.
Ideally, we recommend the months of December to March as the best time to travel to Langkawi, and the transition month of April is usually good for a vacation on the Malaysian island. The travel month of November is a bit of a gamble: in some years it is already dry and pleasant, in other years it is still very humid.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine
|Daytime temperature||33 ° C||34 ° C||34 ° C||34 ° C||33 ° C||32 ° C||32 ° C||31 ° C||31 ° C||32 ° C||32 ° C||32 ° C|
|Night temperature||23 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||24 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||50||47||91||169||256||218||233||249||339||344||215||94|
|Hours of sunshine||8||9||8||9||8||9||8||8||8||8||7||7|
|Sunset||19:25||7:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.||19:35||19:40||19:35||19:20||19:05||19:00||19:10|
The annual average temperature is 27.9 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is April (29 ° C), coldest month of September with average values of 27 ° C.
The annual precipitation is 2305 mm on 188 days with precipitation. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. The months of May, June, July, August, September, October and November are considered the rainy season, as more than 175 mm of precipitation can be expected per month. Overall, about 1854 mm of precipitation can be expected in the rainy season. Snowfall is generally not expected in any month.
As our climate table shows, February is the sunniest month with an average of 9 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines 8 hours a day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following larger towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Alor Setar.
Langkawi weather in March, April and May
Daily temperatures averaging 33 to 34 ° C can be expected over the next three months. The temperatures hardly fluctuate during this time.
The expected rainfall is around 9 days in March, around 14 days in April and around 17 days in May.
In the period from March to May, the sun shines on average between 8 and 9 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in Langkawi in April, but with a little less sun you will have to get by in March.