When to go to Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur by night
Kuala Lumpur by Night

Kuala Lumpur by Seasons

Kuala Lumpur experiences an equatorial climate, bringing hot, wet weather to the city throughout the year. Average temperatures vary very little, hovering around 28°C for much of the year. The upshot of this is that there is no bad time to travel, and Kuala Lumpur can be visited at any time of year – it just depends on when’s best for you.

Sunrise over KL
Dry Season

May to September

The dry season sees bright sunshine, blue skies and less rain than the wet season. That’s not to say it won’t rain at all though, so be sure to bring an umbrella, just in case. Humidity is high throughout the season, so to cool down, head inside to the air-conditioned shopping centres. Dry season is the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur, and the best time to explore the parks and gardens.

Go for…

Hari Merdeka: also known as Malaysia’s National Day, August 31st marks the anniversary of Malaysia’s independence from the British in 1957. Today the Malaysian flag stands proudly and KL puts on many concerts and parties.

Mid-Autumn Festival: in early September, look out for brightly coloured lanterns and people eating bizarrely flavoured moon cakes to celebrate the summer harvest. 

Malaysian Grand Prix
Wet Season

October to April

The wet season sees two monsoons in KL, the east monsoon and the west monsoon. March and April and October to December are the wettest times, but rains usually occur in the afternoon, with short, sharp showers that soon pass and are replaced by bright sun and blue skies. Temperatures average around 27°C in the daytime and 23°C at night, and humidity remains high throughout.

Go for…

Malaysian Grand Prix: in late September and early October, thousands of racing enthusiasts descend upon Sepang International Circuit for the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix. Expect hotels to be full.

Thaipusam: in February, head down to Kuala Lumpur’s Batu Caves for this celebration of the Hindu god Subramanian. Look out for colourful costumes, parades and flowers among the revellers.

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