[143] Meanwhile, the nearby 172-acre (70 ha) City Park was officially opened in 1972. Average Weather in George Town Malaysia. [32] The number of incoming vessels rose from 85 in 1786 to 3,569 in 1802; George Town's population had also increased to 10,000 by 1792. Find the most current and reliable 7 day weather forecasts, storm alerts, reports and information for [city] with The Weather Network. [202][206] The Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, dubbed the Silicon Valley of the East, is the main electronics manufacturing hub within Malaysia. The policy's intent was to entice traders from the Dutch ports in the region. 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. [55][85][86], In a bid to revitalise George Town, the Komtar project was launched in 1974. [10][22][27] After an agreement was signed between Light and the Sultan, Light and his entourage sailed on to Penang Island, where they arrived on 17 July 1786. Each of the new road signs shows the street's official Malay name and either the street's English, Chinese, Tamil or Arabic name. 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[66] Women in George Town were also coerced to work as comfort women by the Japanese. [161][162], The Malaysian legal system had its roots in George Town. The courts in George Town consist of the Magistrates, Sessions and the High Court, the latter of which sits at the top of Penang's judicial system. Bon Odori is celebrated yearly at the Esplanade by the Japanese, while St. Patrick's Day and Oktoberfest, traditionally celebrated by the Irish and the Germans respectively, have also been gaining popularity amongst the locals. [60], World War II, on the other hand, brought unparalleled social and political upheaval to Penang. [210] In addition to these, the Employees Provident Fund, run by the Malaysian federal government, operates an office at the road as well. ☂ Online precipitation map and other weather maps. [232][234] These traditional retail establishments cater more to locally made products, including spices, nutmegs and tau sar pneah, a famous Penang delicacy. [119] The zone includes the city's administrative precinct, which is home to the most historic landmarks like Fort Cornwallis, City Hall and the Penang State Museum, as well as the main Central Business District along Beach Street. 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). [204], Originally established as an entrepôt by the British, George Town's economy is now dominated by other tertiary sub-sectors ranging from manufacturing to finance, whilst newer industries, including entrepreneurial startups, are taking root within the city as well. [42], Nonetheless, George Town retained its importance as a vital British entrepôt. The Penang General Hospital, administered and funded by the Ministry of Health, is the main public hospital in George Town and serves as the tertiary referral hospital within northern Malaysia. Detailed wind speed and wind direction information as well as interactive graphs for winds WillyWeather 67,369 . 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. [12][13][14] Moreover, the city hosts unique cultural heritage, such as the Peranakans, whose legacies are still visible on Penang's architecture and cuisine. [157] The current Mayor is Yew Tung Seang, who took office in 2018. Moderate rain (total 16mm), heaviest on Sun night. [216] The city has been listed by various publications, including the Lonely Planet, Forbes and Time, as one of the top travel destinations in Asia. Penang Island was renamed the Prince of Wales Island after the heir to the British throne, while the new settlement of George Town was created in honour of King George III. [67][68], George Town's harbour facilities were also put to use as a major U-boat base by Nazi Germany. [64] This period was known for the Imperial Japanese Army's massacres of Penang's Chinese populace, known as Sook Ching to the locals. [129][130] Aside from these, George Town is home to popular promenades such as Gurney Drive, the Esplanade and Karpal Singh Drive. George Town - Weather warnings issued 14-day forecast. [6][7][8] The historical core of George Town has been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.[9]. Current weather in George Town and forecast for today, tomorrow, and next 14 days The High Court remains at Light Street to this day, along with the Magistrates and Sessions Court across the street. [292][293] The latter, which was opened by the Penang state government in 2016, is Malaysia's first digital library and houses a digitalised collection of over 3,000 publications. [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. Penang Weather Forecasts. [190][191] Meanwhile, George Town's Chinese population uses a variety of Chinese dialects, including Hakka and Cantonese. 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[239], Since the mid 20th century, modern urbanisation has transformed much of George Town. [198] The Penang International Airport is one of the nation's busiest, whilst Swettenham Pier has cemented the city's reputation as a popular destination for cruise shipping.[20][199][205]. [211], The financial sector and its related industries, such as insurance, auditing and real estate transactions, accounted for over 8% of Penang's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as of 2017[update]. Heavy rain (total 38mm), heaviest during Thu night. [37][38] Edmond Stanley assumed office as the First Recorder of the Supreme Court of Penang in 1808, thus serving as Malaya's first Superior Court Judge. [259][260], In recent years, private-run museums have sprung up all over the city, such as the Camera Museum and the Penang Toy Museum. This was helped by the mushrooming of missionary schools throughout George Town, all of which used English as their medium of instruction and were held in high esteem by the locals. [209] Northam Road is now home to a cluster of financial services, with a number of accounting, auditing and insurance firms based along this coastal road. [307] Singaporean drama series, The Little Nyonya and The Journey: Our Homeland, were also shot within the UNESCO zone. Established as an entrepôt by Francis Light of the East India Company in 1786, George Town was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia. 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]. Of these, Dalat, Uplands, Tenby, Fairview, Pelita, Hua Xia and Wesley Methodist offer both primary and secondary education. [86] Indirect factors that were cited include the relatively low cost of living and the ease of travel facilitated by the well-developed logistical infrastructure. Rapid Penang, with over 30 routes on Penang Island, is the sole public bus service provider within George Town. Just south of the UNESCO World Heritage Site stands the Komtar Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Penang at nearly 250 m (820 ft) tall. [232] Among the more well-known shopping malls within the city are Gurney Plaza, Gurney Paragon, 1st Avenue and Queensbay Mall. Arts exhibitions are held at the city's numerous cultural centres, such as the Hin Bus Depot. [99][100][101] The city's services sector has since been boosted by the private sector and an influx of foreign investors. [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. [187] Most Penangites still maintain reasonable command of the language; while British English is formally used, spoken English usually takes the form of Manglish. George Town climate summary The George Town lies on 9m above sea level George Town has a tropical climate. Areca Books: Penang, 2006. Originally a variant of the Minnan dialect, over the centuries, Penang Hokkien has incorporated a large number of loanwords from Malay and English. [121][122], Unlike other cities in Malaysia, George Town still retains most of its English street names. St. Christopher's International Primary School, This page was last edited on 12 December 2020, at 14:25. More Than Merchants. [235], Centuries of development have brought a mix of architectural styles to George Town, both historical and modern. [272] The SPICE Arena at Bayan Baru consists of an indoor stadium, an aquatics centre and a convention centre, while the Nicol David International Squash Centre at Gelugor is a major squash training facility. Light rain (total 2mm), mostly falling on Sun afternoon. By 1807, Penang was accorded a Royal Charter which provided for the establishment of a Supreme Court and the appointment of the first Supreme Court judge, designated as the Recorder. [18][19], The success of George Town's medical tourism industry is mainly due to the specialised medical treatments offered at more affordable costs by the city's numerous private hospitals, coupled with well-trained professionals and advanced equipment. [29][165], Today, the Malaysian judiciary has become largely centralised. Here are some average weather facts we collected from our historical climate data: On average, the temperatures are always high. [306] The Penang-centric newspaper focuses on the current issues affecting Penang.[306]. [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. George Town is 94 m above sea level and located at 5.39° N 100.29° E. George Town has a population of 300000. [170][181], The city was also once home to Burmese, Filipino, Sinhalese, Japanese, Sumatran, Arab, Armenian and Persian communities. Penang . Wind will be generally light. Wind will be generally light. SAVE! However, the capital was then shifted to Singapore in 1832, as the latter had usurped George Town's position as the region's preeminent harbour. [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. [20][324] The pier has also attracted some of the world's largest cruise liners, such as the RMS Queen Mary 2. [275][276] In addition, George Town will host the Asia Pacific Masters Games in 2018, the first Malaysian city to be selected to host this regional multi-sports tournament.[277]. The northwestern suburbs are somewhat more affluent, given their seafront locations which attract tourists and expatriates. [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. [100][319] Dedicated cycling lanes have been marked throughout the city and in 2016, George Town became the first Malaysian city to operate a public bicycle-sharing service, with the launch of LinkBike. [202][226] The largest share of employment was recorded in the retail, accommodation, and food and beverages (F&B) sub-sectors, clearly depicting the influence of tourist arrivals on service-related industries. In general, temperatures range between 29°C - 35 during the day and 26°C - 29°C during the night, with the months June to August being the hottest. [287], Universiti Sains Malaysia, situated at Gelugor, is one of the premier Malaysian public universities. Georgetown is a pedestrian-friendly city, with a well-planned series of roads and paths connecting one end of Penang’s capital to the other. [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. [234], George Town is the birthplace of a unique form of Chingay procession, which began with its first parade in 1919. [80][81][82], In the following years, George Town retained its free port status, as guaranteed by the British colonial authorities before granting independence to Malaya. Mostly dry. [76][77][78], The British government responded to the concerns raised by the secessionists by guaranteeing George Town's free port status, as well as reintroducing municipal elections in George Town in 1951. [79], On 1 January 1957, George Town was accorded city status by Queen Elizabeth II, becoming the first city within the Federation of Malaya, and by extension, Malaysia. [30][31], Light developed George Town as a free port, thus allowing merchants to trade without having to pay any form of tax or duties. Best time to visit . Weather reports submitted by any ship (SYNOP) that is close to George Town within an acceptable time window are also included. [247], Bangsawan is a form of Malay theatre which was developed in Penang with Indian, Western, Islamic, Chinese and Indonesian influences. Hundreds of shophouses, schools and temples, as well as whole streets, were demolished in order to make way for the construction of Penang's tallest skyscraper. [76] By 1956, George Town had become the first municipality in the Malayan Federation to have a fully elected local council. [27][93][94], In response, George Town's non-governmental organisations and the national press galvanised public support and formed strategic partnerships for the conservation of the historic buildings, and to restore the city to its former glory. [320], The Penang International Airport, 16 km (9.9 mi) south of the city centre, was opened in 1935. George Town Penang (Malaysia), elevation 14 m. Forecast Forecast; Nearby Nearby; Map Map; ... 24 ° Feels like 24 ° Precipitation 0 mm. [304] This version of the international listings magazine is currently published in three versions – an annual guide, a website and a mobile app. Find the most current and reliable 7 day weather forecasts, storm alerts, reports and information for [city] with The Weather Network. [179][180] As of 2010[update], expatriates made up nearly 6% of George Town's population, reflecting the city's popularity amongst foreigners. It is also a hub for two Malaysian low-cost carriers – AirAsia and Firefly. [3][107][108] George Town is only slightly more than a third the size of Singapore with a population density of 2,372/km2 (6,140/sq mi); thus the city has one of the highest population densities of all Malaysian cities. [173] In particular, most of the nearly 1,500 Eurasians remain concentrated at the Pulau Tikus suburb. 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In 2001, the Rent Control Act, which had protected the low-income residents and smaller businesses within the city centre from arbitrary rental hikes, was repealed. From top, left to right: George Town skyline, Francis, Ric & Ganley, Colin: Penang trams, trolleybuses & railways: municipal transport history, 1880s–1963. [63] Some historians have argued that the withdrawal and the silent evacuation of the European population led to the loss of the British sense of invincibility, and that the collapse of British rule in Southeast Asia came not in Singapore, but in Penang. [133][134], Since the 1970s, massive industrialisation around Bayan Lepas, which created the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, led to the rapid urbanisation of the southeastern corner of Penang Island as well. Since 2001, shopping complexes in George Town registered the biggest increases in Malaysia. The full marathon route starts from near Queensbay Mall, then on to the 13.5 km (8.4 mi) length of the Penang Bridge, and finally back to the starting point for the finish. George Town is 94 m above sea level and located at 5.39° N 100.29° E. George Town has a population of 300000. It is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia, dating back to 1894 when the first passenger ferry commenced operations. [312], George Town was once a pioneer of public transportation in British Malaya. [303] One of Malaysia's top dailies currently in circulation, The Star, was founded in George Town in the 1970s, while the country's oldest Chinese newspaper, Kwong Wah Yit Poh, was also founded in the city in 1910. [189], Due to their Tamil ancestry, most Indians in George Town speak Tamil. Weather Underground provides local & long-range weather forecasts, weatherreports, maps & tropical weather conditions for the Penang area. [39][40] The spice trade also allowed the British East India Company to cover the administrative costs of Penang. The George Town Festival, first held in 2010, has evolved into one of the top arts events in Southeast Asia, while the Penang Hot Air Balloon Fiesta attracts close to 200,000 visitors from all over the world. [255], Since then, the street art scene has blossomed. [158] Penang-based non-governmental organisations are also allocated four of the 24 councillor positions. [273] In addition, the Penang Turf Club, established in 1864, is Malaysia's oldest horse racing and equestrian centre. [169], According to Malaysia's Department of Statistics, George Town is a Chinese-majority city; as of 2010[update], over 53% of the urban population consisted of ethnic Chinese, including the Peranakans. Warm (max 28°C on Tue afternoon, min 24°C on Wed night). 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.. 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