The Always Evolving and Partially Unwritten Five-Year Plan

How’s the Weather in Kuala Lumpur?

Before we arrived here, we were warned by multiple sources that the KL weather was just oppressively hot and humid, so BE READY. As southerners, we knew what hot and humid meant, so we tried to prepare ourselves for something like what we were used to in our summers, or even worse…and to have it year ’round.

Records say the temperatures here will range from about 21-33C (or about 70-92F). But it’s the humidity that really gets you. Much to our surprise, when we arrived a few days ago it was actually quite nice. Yes, you can feel the humidity as it is a tropical climate with frequent rain. Yes, it is sunny and hot. But thankfully it wasn’t quite as bad as we expected. We were often prodded by locals wanting to know how we were adjusting to the weather…the heat…the humidity. There almost seemed to be a sense of pride on their part in acclimating to the environment, that shifted to disappointment upon learning that we were actually comfortable and used to even less comfortable conditions.

Have you been to Georgia or Tennessee in July or August? Okay, and did you go outside? For how long? That’s where we spent our last few weeks in the US leading up to our move. We stayed with Jenny’s family in Alpharetta just north of Atlanta as we sold our home, cars, etc., and just look at how hot these pups are there:

Henry (who HATES being in water) and Libby Trying to Stay Cool in Hotlanta

And we lived in Chattanooga, TN for several weeks while working a rowing camp just before leaving the country. THAT…was hot, especially being outdoors 5-6 hours a day (just ask our coaching buddies, especially the Nor’easterner, Rachel – see below). Even in the shade it’s hot, muggy, and you are instantly sweating just from breathing.

Our Friend from NH - Coach Rachel at Camp

One other thing that’s different to us here, there’s a breeze! Didn’t enjoy that little lap of luxury in TN or GA before we left. So most days so far it’s been about 80-85F during the day with a breeze, and here lately it’s been warmer for several days, probably 90 or so. To me it’s like mid-late May/June weather, or perhaps September-ish.

Don’t get me wrong, after being outdoors…you long for the “Air-Con” (as it’s called here), and if you are walking around a lot outside, especially with a backpack, you will get sweaty. But as we called and wrote home and learned that there had been several days of 100+ degree temperatures and 100% humidity with heat indexes approaching 110, 90 feels pretty good. Plus, it’s nicer than we expected and we will continue to enjoy the breezes. In fact, the school and even our apartment are airy and open to the outdoors so at night it’s possible to turn of the A/C and open doors and windows to enjoy a natural cooling.

With all the said, if you are moving to a climate near the equator as is the case with KL, I suppose it’s less of a shock to move from Georgia during the summer. Since it is 70-92F here all year, ask me in December how I’m adjusting to the weather and I might have a different answer. I do enjoy spring and fall very much in the south, and here in KL it will pretty much be perpetual summer for all 12 months of the year. For now, though, I’m enjoying the resort-like tropical climate. Pass my mojito!


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