[232], The Penang Bridge International Marathon is a popular annual event. George Town, Penang - Get the very latest weather forecast, including hour-by-hour views, the 10-day outlook, temperature, humidity and precipitation for your area. [296] It is complemented by the Balik Pulau Hospital, which is also managed by the country's Ministry of Health.[297]. George Town is the capital city of the Malaysian state of Penang. Each of the new road signs shows the street's official Malay name and either the street's English, Chinese, Tamil or Arabic name. Penang Weather Forecasts. George Town climate summary The George Town lies on 9m above sea level George Town has a tropical climate. Since the 1970s, manufacturing formed the backbone of Penang's economy, generating 44.8% of the state's GDP as of 2017[update] and attracting about 3,000 firms to set up operations within the state. [80][89][90], The city's decline continued into the early 2000s. [84] As the Malaysian federal government continued to develop Kuala Lumpur and nearby Port Klang, Penang began to suffer considerable brain drain. [66] Women in George Town were also coerced to work as comfort women by the Japanese. [310], Development of George Town's streets and roads is an ongoing process that dates back to the early years of British rule. [99][100][101] The city's services sector has since been boosted by the private sector and an influx of foreign investors. [22][23] Once the area was cleared, a simple ceremony was held on 11 August, during which the Union Jack was raised. The city has attracted approximately half of Malaysia's medical tourist arrivals in 2013 and generated about 70% of the nation's medical tourism revenue. [243][244][245] Besides these, several tau sar pneah shops can be found throughout the city, selling bean paste biscuits. Today, it serves as a major recreational area, receiving about 5,000 visitors every weekend. ☂ Online precipitation map and other weather maps. George Town is home to some of the oldest schools in Malaysia, making it a pioneer in the country's education system. George Town Live Weather Today: Recent reports from weather stations near George Town, Light winds from the E.(Wind varies from 040 to 140 degs). [23] To that end, Light negotiated with the new Sultan of Kedah, Sultan Abdullah Mukarram Shah, regarding the cession of the island to the British East India Company in exchange for British military aid. [37][38], The Supreme Court of Penang (now High Court of Penang) was first opened at Fort Cornwallis on 31 May 1808. [255], Since then, the street art scene has blossomed. [160] The unicameral Penang State Legislative Assembly convenes inside the State Assembly Building at Light Street. Punjabi and Telugu are also spoken by smaller numbers of Indians. [232] Among the more well-known shopping malls within the city are Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon, 1st Avenue and Queensbay Mall. [50][51] For George Town, direct British rule meant better law enforcement, as the police force was vastly improved and the secret societies that had previously plagued the city were gradually outlawed. 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[303], In 2011, the then Chief Minister of Penang, Lim Guan Eng, officiated the launch of the Penang edition of Time Out. Wind will be generally light. The city's first tram system, then powered by steam, commenced operations in the 1880s. Nearby Places . [20][324] The pier has also attracted some of the world's largest cruise liners, such as the RMS Queen Mary 2. [143] Meanwhile, the nearby 172-acre (70 ha) City Park was officially opened in 1972. Aside from these, the city has a handful of language institutions, such as the British Council, Alliance Française and the Malaysian German Society.[279][280][281]. [55][85][86], In a bid to revitalise George Town, the Komtar project was launched in 1974. [253], In 2012, as part of the annual George Town Festival, Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic created a series of wall murals depicting local culture, inhabitants and lifestyles. George Town, Malaysia - Travel and vacation weather averages, current conditions and forecasts. The city of George Town includes the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, a high-tech manufacturing hub regarded as the "Silicon Valley of the East". [210] In addition to these, the Employees Provident Fund, run by the Malaysian federal government, operates an office at the road as well. [221][222] Within the same year, Penang became the third largest contributor of Malaysia's tourism tax revenue after Kuala Lumpur and Sabah. Areca Books: Penang, 2006. [284][285][286] The Penang Japanese School is the only international school in George Town that caters for expatriates of a specific nationality. [148] The city sees on average about 2,477 millimetres (97.5 in) of precipitation annually. [170][181], The city was also once home to Burmese, Filipino, Sinhalese, Japanese, Sumatran, Arab, Armenian and Persian communities. [206][230] Consequently, Penang has emerged as the second most important Global Business Services (GBS) hub within Malaysia, after Kuala Lumpur. [67][68], George Town's harbour facilities were also put to use as a major U-boat base by Nazi Germany. In recent years, George Town has been acknowledged as one of the best cities for retirement within Southeast Asia by the likes of CNN and Forbes. [289], Several private universities and colleges have also been set up across George Town, including Wawasan Open University, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and University College Dublin Malaysia Campus, Han Chiang University College of Communication, DISTED College, SEGi College, Sentral College, Lam Wah Ee Nursing College, Adventist College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Equator Academy of Arts and KDU University College. See the links below the 12-day George Town weather forecast table for other cities and towns nearby along with weather conditions for local outdoor activities. [22][23] Light subsequently landed in Kedah, a Siamese vassal state threatened by both Siam and Burma, as well as an internal Bugis revolt. [226] Since the inscription of George Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an emerging trend is the acquisition of heritage shophouses within the zone by foreign investors, especially from Singapore and Hong Kong. The Office of the Chief Minister of Penang is housed within the Komtar Tower, Penang's tallest skyscraper. [citation needed], The best places to savour street cuisine include Gurney Drive, Pulau Tikus, Chulia Street, Kimberley Street, New Lane, New World Park, Penang Road and Air Itam. However, being an island, its temperature is often higher than the mainland, with temperatures reaching as high as 35°C during the day. [195][196], As the capital city of Penang, one of the most urbanised states in Malaysia, George Town is one of the top contributors of Malaysia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and tax income. [265][266][267], In addition, the city hosts several major festivals in any given year. Weather reports submitted by any ship (SYNOP) that is close to George Town within an acceptable time window are also included.Read More, Upload your own George Town weather image:Upload. George Town - Weather warnings issued 14-day forecast. It went into decline in the latter decades of the 20th century and is now a dying art form. [146][147], The city features a tropical rainforest climate, under the Köppen climate classification (Af). Heavy rain (total 39mm), heaviest during Thu night. Find the perfect hotel within your budget with reviews from real travelers. ... Penang Botanic Gardens. [21], A number of cruise ships call Swettenham Pier as their homeport, bringing tourists into and out of George Town towards regional destinations like Phuket and Singapore. Light rain (total 2mm), mostly falling on Sun afternoon. [187] Most Penangites still maintain reasonable command of the language; while British English is formally used, spoken English usually takes the form of Manglish. [288] As of 2018[update], it was ranked 207th in the QS World University Rankings, the fourth highest in Malaysia. [294][295], The numerous public and private hospitals in George Town has helped the city to emerge as the centre of medical tourism in Malaysia. [43][52] More investments were also made on the city's health care and public transportation. [27][97][98], Also in 2008, George Town was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Penang November Weather Averages. [41], In 1826, George Town was made the capital of the Straits Settlements, an administrative polity that was also composed of Singapore and Malacca. [29] The Governor of Penang, the head of state, also has his official residence within the city. The State of Penang also has a sister area partnership with Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan, which was ratified in 1991.[352]. View All Places To Visit In Georgetown Georgetown Photos + 55 photos. While the central hills have somewhat limited the westward urban sprawl, George Town's expansion is more evident southward along the eastern seaboard of Penang Island, creating the suburbs of Jelutong and Gelugor, the latter merging with the northward development of Bayan Lepas. [6][7][8] The historical core of George Town has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.[9]. A cosmopolitan, multi-cultural population emerged, comprising Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan, Eurasian, Thai and other ethnicities. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 75°F to 89°F and is rarely below 72°F or above 92°F.. Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit George Town for hot-weather activities is from mid December to early March. [155][156], The Mayor of Penang Island is appointed by the Penang state government every two years, while each of the 24 councillors is appointed for a one-year term. [308][309] In addition, the city was one of the pit-stops of The Amazing Race 16, The Amazing Race Asia 4 and The Amazing Race Asia 5. Mandarin, more widely used by youths, has been the medium of instruction in Chinese schools throughout Penang. [171][172] Ethnic Indians comprised another 9% of George Town's population. Heavy rain (total 22mm), heaviest during Sun night. George Town World Heritage Site Celebration An Indian lady completes a traditional rangoli during George Town Heritage Celebrations, a colourful time to visit Penang (image by Thum Chia Chieh) A week of cultural events and pop-up stages to celebrate George Town’s UNESCO status and inscription. [254] They now stand as celebrated cultural landmarks of George Town, with Children on a Bicycle becoming one of the most photographed spots in the city. Moderate rain (total 16mm), heaviest on Sun night. The George Town Inner Ring Road and the Penang Middle Ring Road are the two major ring roads around the city centre. Established as an entrepôt by Francis Light of the East India Company in 1786, George Town was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia. George Town Penang (Malaysia), elevation 14 m. Forecast Forecast; Nearby Nearby; Map Map; ... 24 ° Feels like 24 ° Precipitation 0 mm. [197][198][199] According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the city contributed US$12,044, or nearly 8%, of Malaysia's personal disposable income in 2015, second only to Kuala Lumpur. [55][77][83], This also marked the start of George Town's decline, which lasted up to the early 2000s. The oldest bank in Malaysia, Standard Chartered, opened its main branch in George Town in 1875 to cater to the financial requirements of early European traders. [163], The city is also represented by six Members of Parliament in the Malaysian Parliament, who are elected via the Malaysian General Election. 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[33][34][35], A committee of assessors was established in 1800, making it the first local council to be established in British Malaya. [73], Following the Japanese surrender on 15 August 1945, the Penang Shimbun, a Japanese newspaper, published the proclamation of surrender issued by the Emperor of Japan. [202], George Town has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Malaysia. [123][124][125] Even for roads that have been renamed in Malay, such as Jalan Masjid Negeri, Penangites in general still prefer to use the road's former colonial name, which in this particular case is Green Lane. Warm (max 28°C on Wed afternoon, min 24°C on Thu night). The city centre is also linked with the western parts of Penang Island, such as Balik Pulau, via the pan-island Federal Route 6. Not only did the British abandon the Batu Maung Fort south of the city, they also covertly evacuated Penang's European population, leaving the rest of the populace to their fates. [13], The city has been recognised as one of Asia's top street food cities by CNN, as well the world's top culinary destination by the Lonely Planet in 2014. [325] Occasionally, the pier hosts warships as well, including those from Singapore, Thailand and the United States. Table Graph. We collected past weather data from many thousand weather stations around the world. Weather reports submitted by any ship (SYNOP) that is close to George Town within an acceptable time window are also included. [126], Since 2008, multi-lingual road signs have been in use throughout Penang Island. [69][70] Between 1942 and 1944, the Port of Penang was utilised by submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the Kriegsmarine and the Regia Marina. [176][177] In spite of Malaysia's ethnic policies that have effectively forced the Peranakans to identify themselves as Chinese, Peranakan culture still thrives in George Town to this day, in the form of Straits Chinese architectural styles and dishes like asam laksa. [136][137] Land reclamation is currently ongoing off Gurney Drive in a state-led effort to create a seafront public park, named Gurney Wharf. Weather forecast in mobile app. However, the population growth also created social problems, such as inadequate sanitation and public health facilities, as well as rampant crime. Covering 2,562 ha (25.62 km2) of the northwestern tip of Penang Island, it contains mangrove swamps, rainforest interspersed with hiking trails and tranquil beaches. [322], The Port of Penang consists of seven facilities along the Penang Strait, including Swettenham Pier in George Town. [321] The airport is Malaysia's second busiest in terms of cargo traffic and recorded the third highest passenger traffic of all Malaysian airports as of 2013[update]. With a history dating back to 1800, it is Malaysia's oldest local government and the successor to the nation's first city council – the George Town City Council. [55][91][92] Consequently, residents moved out of the city's historical core, leaving its colonial-era buildings in disrepair. Local time in George Town … [256] Aside from wall art, several wrought iron caricatures, each depicting a unique aspect of George Town's history and culture, have been installed throughout the city centre. Penang Hill: Weather view! Historical or past weather forecast page provides historical weather forecast from 1 st July, 2008 till now in 3 hourly interval. In early December 1941, Japanese warplanes indiscriminately strafed and bombed George Town, and wiped out the defending Allied air squadrons. Information about regional climates. [94][95][96] As a result of the widespread resentment over George Town's decline, the then federal opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat (now Pakatan Harapan), was voted into power within Penang in the 2008 State Election. Rapid Penang, with over 30 routes on Penang Island, is the sole public bus service provider within George Town. Spices such as nutmeg, clove and pepper, produced from the spice farms throughout the island, were exported via the Port of Penang in George Town. Suet Leng Khoo; Narimah Samat; Nurwati Badarulzaman; Sharifah Rohayah Sheikh Dawood The Promise and Perils of the Island City of George Town (Penang) as a Creative City. [159], As the capital of the State of Penang, George Town is the seat of the Penang state government. Pitt Street vs Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Northam Road vs Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah), but also reflects a strong conservatism in the local population, who see Penang's colonial history as part of their local identity. In 2013, the State of Penang signed a friendship state agreement with Hainan Province in China. They were followed by Chinese schools, some of which are also among the oldest in the nation, thus making George Town the nucleus of Chinese education in Southeast Asia. [189], Due to their Tamil ancestry, most Indians in George Town speak Tamil. [29][46][236] Colonial-era bungalows, such as The Residency and Suffolk House, can be found throughout the city as well. SAVE! It serves as the main airport for northern Malaysia, with frequent links to major Asian cities such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Taipei, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Doha. Night: partly cloudy. [274], The national and international sporting events that were held in George Town include the 2001 Southeast Asian Games and the 2013 Women's World Open Squash Championship. [248][249] Boria is another traditional dance drama indigenous to Penang, featuring singing accompanied by violin, maracas and tabla. Weather warnings issued. [14][217][218][219][220] These are in addition to George Town's reputation as a gastronomic haven, with the CNN placing the city as one of Asia's best street food cities. An annual Chingay parade is held in the city every December, though Chingay performances are also a common feature of Chinese festivities and major state celebrations in Penang. [149], George Town's proximity to the island of Sumatra makes it susceptible to dust particles carried by wind from the perennial but transient forest fires, creating a yearly phenomenon known as the Southeast Asian haze. [183] Even though most of these other communities, including the Jews, are no longer extant, they lent their legacy to numerous street and place names such as the Dhammikarama Temple, Burmah Road, Armenian Street, Jewish Cemetery and Gottlieb Road. [250], Aside from these, there are two Western orchestras based in George Town – the Penang Philharmonic and the Penang Symphony Orchestra (PSO) – as well as several chamber and school-based musical ensembles. [132] On the other hand, Air Itam and Paya Terubong emerged to the west of George Town as a result of agricultural plantations on the central hills of Penang Island. [270][271] It is the home ground of Penang FA, and was where Penang footballer Mohd Faiz Subri scored the goal that won him the 2016 FIFA Puskás Award. Find the most current and reliable 7 day weather forecasts, storm alerts, reports and information for [city] with The Weather Network. From top, left to right: George Town skyline, Francis, Ric & Ganley, Colin: Penang trams, trolleybuses & railways: municipal transport history, 1880s–1963. [36] Meanwhile, a Supreme Court was established at Fort Cornwallis in 1808. Penang Global Tourism 8B, First Floor The Whiteaways Arcade Lebuh Pantai, George Town 10300 Penang, Malaysia Phone: +604 264 3456 Average Weather in George Town Malaysia. Want to know what the weather is now? [20][21], In the 1770s, the British East India Company instructed Francis Light, a British Royal Navy captain, to form trade relations in the Malay Peninsula. [320], The Penang International Airport, 16 km (9.9 mi) south of the city centre, was opened in 1935. It is spoken by many Penangites regardless of race for communication purposes. [46] The zone also covers various places of worship, such as St. George's Church, the Kapitan Keling Mosque and the Goddess of Mercy Temple, as well as the Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion and the Eastern & Oriental Hotel. Efforts are also being undertaken to promote pedestrianisation and the use of bicycles as a greener transportation mode. [283] Meanwhile, the Chung Hwa Confucian School, founded in 1904, was the first Chinese school in Southeast Asia. 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