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Typhoons in Malaysia

Typhoons only occur occasionally in Malaysia. On average, they happen about 2 times a year.

The typhoon season in the Pacific usually begins with less severe storms in April and does not end until November. The most severe typhoons usually occur in August and September.

Malaysia has certainly been affected by the foothills of several typhoons, but during the past 12 months no typhoon reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent typhoons in Malaysia since 2018

Rai: December 13-21, 2021

Wind speed:
max. 267 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 915 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 5
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 17th, 2021 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 418 km north of Kudat in Sabah.

Krovanh: December 17-25, 2020

Region:
Bay of Bengal
Wind speed:
max. 65 km/h
Diameter:
max. 667 km
Air pressure:
below 1000 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 24th, 2020 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 186 km north of Tumpat in Kelantan.

Kammuri: November 24 to December 6, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 217 km/h
Diameter:
max. 1000 km
Air pressure:
below 940 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On December 6th, 2019 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 475 km northeast of Kudat in Sabah.

Kalmaegi: November 9-22, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 161 km/h
Diameter:
max. 722 km
Air pressure:
below 964 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 2
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On November 22nd, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 581 km northeast of Kudat in Sabah.

Bulbul:matmo: October 28 to November 11, 2019

Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 704 km
Air pressure:
below 976 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The typhoon did not make direct landfall. On October 28th, 2019 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 430 km north of Kudat in Sabah.


These evaluations are based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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