Penang is hot and humid due to its geographical location and the monsoon climate. It is warmest in the months of July and August. The average temperature is above 30˚C during the day and above 25˚C at night.
The rainy season lasts from November to February with increasing humidity when it is over. As it is always hot regardless of the season, light and casual clothes are appropriate most of the time. However, since there are numerous religious historical sites, it would be good to plan visits and wear appropriate clothing that covers up one’s body out of respect. The sunlight, especially around midday, can get extremely intense, so it would be best to avoid scheduling long outdoor walks between 2pm to 4pm. In any case, an umbrella is useful against the sun as well as the rain in Penang.
Thanks to the hot weather, a shaved ice dessert called Cendol is famous in Penang. Refreshing fruit juices at reasonably cheap prices are readily available almost everywhere, so it is very easy to stay hydrated to beat the heat. An endless variety of hawker street food at all times of day and night will make sure you don’t go hungry either. However, do not expect to be able to pay by credit card at hawker stalls.
In the evenings, Antarabangsa on Lorong Stewart is a local pub where the locals would unwind with their favourite pour. George Town Wines on Lebuh Leith is a modern favourite watering hole, set within a historical mews. There are also many pubs lined along Lebuh Chulia that are frequented by tourists and locals alike. For a night view of Penang, head over to Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant and Rooftop Bar at Bayview Hotel, or Gravity at G Hotel Kelawai. Straits Quay also has an array of pubs and lounges that offer a nice seaside breeze.
As Malaysia is an Islamic country, alcoholic beverages are only available at non-halal establishments, and in the non-halal section of supermarkets.