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1. Posted by Maarten Brandt (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y

Dear Sir/Madam,

From the end of November 2013 until the end of January 2014 I am intending to stay in Malaysia. My special interest is to experience the trill of the wet season and, more in particular, Thunderstorms. My question is the following: in which region of the country during the period mentioned above are Thunderstorms (including squall-lines, monsoon-squall's with long lasting thunder and lightning etc.) most frequent?

Looking forward to your reaction, with all best wishes and regards,

yours sincerely

Maarten Brandt

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1763 posts) 1y

I have been there that time of year and at worst usually it is some light showers and 30 minutes later there is no trace of water on the ground. That is why it's the high season, mostly dry weather.

If you want the rains, now is the time to be there, till October. It is the same rainy weather across much of Asia which is why there are so many "cheap" air tickets this time of year.

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5556 posts) 1y

Quoting Cyberia

I have been there that time of year and at worst usually it is some light showers and 30 minutes later there is no trace of water on the ground. That is why it's the high season, mostly dry weather.

If you want the rains, now is the time to be there, till October. It is the same rainy weather across much of Asia which is why there are so many "cheap" air tickets this time of year.

Like most of your posts, again you are wrong.
The main monsoon season for the eastern parts of the Peninsula and for (most of) Borneo is October/November till March and this is the heavies of the two monsoon season. The other 'dry' monsoon season, with much less rain and less spectacular thunderstorms is now (May-September) but it's only along the westcoast of the Peninsula and is not as spectacular for this type of 'tourism'.

Also, especially along the eastcoast of the Peninsula, the monsoon contains more than the 10-30 minute showers you mention. There might be days on end with heavy rain and more spectacular conditions. Also note that much of the island's economy shots down as well as some coastal areas of the region, regarding tourism and some transport etc.

Also regarding cheap tickets: that might be the case for September, but as it's high season in the Northern Hemisphere, 'cheap' tickets for July/August...don't think so mate!