Western Asia Weather Overview
Western Asia is also referred to as
the Middle East and consists mostly of the countries on the
The countries in this region are: Yemen, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, United Arab
Emirates, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, West Bank,
Strip, Jordan, Iraq and Iran. Some
would also include Afghanistan,
though this is largely considered part of
Arabia makes up the
greater part of the
In the winter months in
From June to December rainfall is scarce to nonexistent. February sees on average 20mm, which is similar to March and April, before dying off in May when only 10mm of rainfall is recorded. Across the year the city sees only 76mm of rain.
The only saving grace for the extreme heat in the summer months is the very low humidity. In the hottest months of July and August, the average humidity is a very low 26%, before picking up to the 30’s by September and October. The ‘wettest’ months of December and January peaks at 63%, but it generally hovers around 50%.
Humidity across the peninsula is low most of the year. However, as you near the coastal regions, while the temperatures may be lower due to the cooling influence of the water, the humidity is much higher. This produces very uncomfortable conditions which can actually be worse than the extreme heat in the inland.
To the south of
In the interior, between the inland
desert and the coast, there is a broad valley, Wadi Hadhramaut, which is one of
the more densely populated areas in
The southern coast has very low rainfall and the coastal strip is basically desert. Temperatures are high, and so is humidity. If you want to visit try to avoid to months from June to September as humidity is high and temperatures are frequently over 38°C. The high temperatures are moderated, fortunately by the sea breezes that blow across the coast and once you head inland, and the elevation increases, the temperatures drop a little.
Lying in the Persian Gulf, east of
Lying north of
Almost 90% of
The higher elevations in
December to February sees daily highs of 13°C to 15°C, and minimums of 4°C to 6°C. It can fall below freezing and there are occasional days of snowfall – a regular occurrence at higher altitudes. February is the wettest month of the year, recording on average 74 mm of precipitation for the month.
The worst weather in
During the summer months the water temperature is a bath-like 31°C. In the winter months the sea temperature is in the mid 20’s.
Rainfall is low throughout the year, though when it does fall it will usually fall in January. In fact, January 2008 saw a record 120 mm fall - which is astounding considering Dubai’s annual rainfall is usually a mere 150mm.