As expected in an Asian city near the equator, Malacca enjoys a warm and humid weather the whole year round. Located to the south of mainland Malaysia, Malacca is only 3 degrees above the equator. Malacca or Melaka has a very stable weather with temperatures hovering around 27°C to 35°C. It may get a bit cooler after a heavy rain to as low as 25°C, and it does rain usually here. Weather in Malacca is perfect; it is never too hot or too cold; there are no regular typhoons, drought is not a possibility and snow is surely an impossibility.
There are no real seasons in equatorial countries since they practically follow the same path along the earth’s rotation. What Malacca has are dry and wet or rainy seasons. The dry months are from May to July, while the rains typically arrive from September to March. The wettest months are September and October. What’s unique in Malacca is that it never rains hard and long. The rains that come are not from the annual monsoon. The city maintains an average humidity of 82 per cent, which means a light shower can occur anytime.
During the dry season, Malacca gets a lot of sun during the day, which is why tourists, especially those coming from countries that get tons and tons of snow, love to walk around the city under the warm sun especially in the early morning and late afternoon. With the humidity, however, it helps to wear sunglasses and always bring a bottle of water to rehydrate regularly.
Yet, for most western tourists, the scorching Malaccan sun may be too much especially during noontime. It is best to stay inside an air-conditioned room until it gets a little cooler in the evening or after a rain.
The best months to visit Malacca are all the months except the wet September to November months. It is also in these months when the haze from Indonesia’s slash-and-burn fires obnoxiously hangs over Malacca. Most tourists avoid this unsightly and smelly haze.
Although there is no real winter here, December and January are pretty cool months, which is why locals loosely refer to these months as their “winter”. June and July are also good months to visit because of the warm sun. But most past travelers vote that the best months, really, are from December to February.
In choosing the best months for tourism, there is really not much to go on since the weather and temperature stay about the same. For this reason, experienced travelers would base their choice of month on what to see (attractions or festivals) than what to feel (weather). For example, the Chinese New Year in January is a very loud and colorful festivity that attracts visitors from the mainland and all over the world regardless of the weather. In August, on the other hand, the city celebrates the Malacca Carnival, the spiritual carnival of Theemithi, birthday of the Governor of Melaka, which is a state holiday, and the National Day of Independence. This is a happening month and locals expect hordes of visitors just before weather in Malacca turns wet and damp again in September.