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Malaysia enjoys tropical weather year round, however, due to its proximity to water the climate is often quite humid. Despite this, the weather is never too hot and temperatures range from a mild 20°C to 30°C average throughout the year; however the highlands experience cooler temperatures.
Malaysia faces two monsoon wind seasons, the Southwest Monsoon from late May to September, and the Northeast Monsoon from October to March. The Northeast Monsoon brings in more rainfall compared to the Southwest Monsoon, originating in China and the North Pacific. The southwest monsoon originates from the deserts of Australia. March and October form transitions between the two monsoons
Malaysia’s thunderstorms are spectacular, violent and very frequent. The Klang Valley itself has an average of 240 days of thunderstorms in a year. Places like London pales in comparison with only just 10 days of thunderstorms in a year. Of these, 89 were in Peninsular Malaysia, 22 in Sabah and 21 in Sarawak.
Tropical Storm Vamei (also known as Typhoon Vamei) was a Pacific tropical cyclone that formed closer to the equator than any other tropical cyclone on record. The storm brought flooding and landslides to eastern Peninsular Malaysia, causing $3.6 million in damage (2001 USD, $5.26 million 2021 USD) and five deaths.
Hail in Malaysia
Although such occurrences are rare, hailstorms do happen in Malaysia. Hailstones are formed when raindrops are carried upward by thunderstorm updrafts into extremely cold areas of the atmosphere and freeze.