Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is Extraordinarily Cold in January

By | January 23, 2014

I was awakened by the coldness in my room early this morning and I knew that the air conditioner was off. When I checked the weather app on my phone it was showing 22 degree C.


Earlier yesterday evening around 10pm when I took my dogs for a walk and I can already feel the chill in the air. After being in Beijing for almost 10 years, I am quite sensitive to temperature changes. The temperature last night was unusually cold and it was also less humid. Since I was outside for quite some time, I almost wanted to go home and grab my coat.

I thought there was something wrong with me but then The Star reported the same thing today.

Cities and towns like Subang Jaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Kota Bharu, Kuantan and Petaling Jaya are experiencing conditions below 25 °C similar to that of Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands.

The minimum temperatures were recorded since New Year’s Day and it is expected to continue for the next few weeks.

MMD reported on Thursday that from Jan 1-22, the lowest recorded temperature for Kuantan was 21.0°C, Kota Kinabalu 22.1°C, Petaling Jaya 23.6 °C, Kota Bharu 23°C, Kuching 22.0°C  while Northern districts like Alor Setar, Kedah and Chuping, Perlis recorded 22.4°C and 23.3 °C respectively.

“Based on our information, among all the months, January will always record the lowest temperature every year,”

According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MMD), the dip in temperature is due to the cold winds from Northeast monsoon and this is not the first time such a phenomenon has occurred.

That makes sense. Since Malaysia is also slightly above the equator, it is not impossible for this country to experience a bit of cold weather in January.

It’s good to know that the temperature sensors on my body are working well. 🙂


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  • Khai

    I love the cold weather. Haha. Although just for a short period of time, but still, I am fine with it. And although The Star reported that it happened often, actually I have never experience temperature this cold in January ever since I was born!

    • lifeinmy

      we’ll have time to experience it until next week 😀

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  • Bella

    A bit quiet here, so they’ve got you ? Never mind the unusually cold weather.
    Very fond memories of flooded longkangs ( storm drains) and steaming heat, would have
    loved the cold.