Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi Tanjung Rhu Beach, Langkawi – Image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

Best time to visit Langkawi

The best time to visit Langkawi is between mid-November and March, although anytime is good to visit this beautiful tropical island.

Langkawi Weather

Langkawi is blessed with a sunny but hot and humid climate. You can expect an average high of 32°C (90°F) and a low of 24°C (75°F) throughout the year.

The island enjoys two distinct seasons: the dry season from mid-November to March and the wet season from April to October.

However, even in the rainy season you can expect hot sunny days, with brief tropical downpours during the late afternoon and evening, which help to cool things down. Langkawi receives the most rainfall during September and October.

Located on the northwest coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the Malacca Straits and sheltered by mainland mountains, Langkawi generally escapes the worst of the wet northeast winter monsoon that lashes the mainland from November through to January.

Seasons

Malaysia’s peak seasons follow school and public holidays.

High season: From early-December to the end of January, including the major holidays of Christmas, New Year's Day and Chinese New Year; from June to mid-September, as this coincides with school holidays in the Middle-East; and from mid-May through to the end of June, and again during November and December, which coincides with Singapore's school holidays.

In addition, Malaysia's school holidays occur for two weeks during March, May and August, with a longer break from mid-November through December. Hari Raya Puasa, which celebrates the end of Ramadan, is held in September, with dates changing from year to year.

Low season: September to mid-November.

Langkawi – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 28 29 29 28 28 28 28 28 27 27 28 28
Ave High Temp (°C) 33 33 33 32 32 32 31 31 30 30 31 31
Ave Low Temp (°C) 24 24 25 25 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 8 8 8 8 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 7
Daylight (Hrs daily) 12 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12
Comfort Level Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon Very high heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon High heat & humidity icon
Ave Humidity (%) 71 70 70 75 79 79 79 79 82 84 83 77
UV Index 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Days with some Rain 2 3 7 12 15 14 15 15 17 18 13 5
Ave Rainfall (mm) 19 34 99 190 210 250 267 326 335 362 192 56
Sea Temp (°C) 29 29 29 30 30 30 30 30 30 29 29 29
(Kuah, Langkawi, Malaysia) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Langkawi – Monthly Review

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from the Malaysian Meteorological Department.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Langkawi: 6 December, 2018


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