What kind of weather do you expect to have in a country located in the warm Andaman Sea and very near the equator? That’s right, warm and humid, and that’s exactly how you can describe the weather in Langkawi.
Langkawi is a group of islands in Malaysia with spectacular beaches, mountains, waterfalls, and wildlife that are attracting people to come since the island was opened to international tourism in 1987. This is a relatively “young” tourist destination compared to nearby Phuket and Penang. It was not difficult getting international attention. Word-of-mouth has promoted Langkawi tourism for its pleasant natural resources, interesting culture, and inviting weather.
The island’s average annual temperature is a warm 25° Celsius, although it could rise to a high of 35. At times it can be very hot and humid. If you are visiting from a cold wintry country, you probably wouldn’t believe the warmth and balmy feeling from this kind of tropical weather. Langkawi feels that way for the entire year. The archipelago has very stable climate all year round since it is located on the northwestern coast of Malaysia, which means it is between mainland Malaysia and Sumatra, and they serve as Langkawi’s shields. You can visit any day of the year and you know that you’d get perfect weather. Plus, the waters are always calm. Be warned, though, that the average humidity is 80%, so it is best to always have a bottle of water in hand to get rehydrated.
November to June is summer season. This means lower humidity, longer days, and more dry gentle breezes. These are good months to come visit Langkawi. Around Christmas time, the days are clear and the nights are cool.
July and September (or sometimes until October) make up the rainy season. Downpours could be very heavy with thunder and lightning but they typically only last for an hour, two hours at the most. There are sporadic showers, not the typical continuous downpour that could cause flooding. Although at these months the archipelago is quieter and with fewer people, tourists continue to come regardless. While most tourists, especially Europeans, prefer to avoid the rainy season, some still feel that this is the best time to visit Langkawi, especially the Arabs. Room rates are lower, so that should attract tourists.
But what months really are the best months to visit Langkawi? Some say its best from November to March, especially in October when the sea is at its calmest and therefore it’s the perfect month for swimming, snorkeling, and other fun water activities. Some favor the summer months for the dry gentle breezes and absence of rainfall. Yet, some people believe it is best from April to August where there is just enough sunshine and enough rainfall. It is really difficult to say, because the island is pretty and inviting every month. It’s never scorching hot as in other Asian resorts, there’s no typhoon, the sun still shines during rainy season, a drizzle could still fall to cool the place during hot summer, and it never ever snows. Simply put, weather in Langkawi makes it a perfect tropical getaway.