The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a desert climate that is characterized by pleasantly mild winters and very hot, sunny summers, with the humidity of the Persian Gulf, which makes the heat unbearable.

Weather in the Emirates

Annual precipitation is almost everywhere below 100 millimeters and happens in the winter months. Rainfall is rare but occurs in the form of storms or downpours, which can sometimes be intense.

Winter, from December to February, is very mild or pleasantly warm: maximum temperatures range from 24°C to 26°C. Sometimes, especially in January, the cold air masses from the north can bring cold and windy days, during which the temperature can drop to about 10/12°C at night and around 16/18°C during the daytime.

Summer is very hot and sunny, with daily temperatures between 38°C and 42°C between May and September. April and October are also hot months, with maximum temperatures around 33/36°C. During the hottest days, the temperature can reach 47/48°C on the coast and even more inland. Fortunately, the buildings are air conditioned.

The United Arab Emirates can be hit by strong winds all year round, but especially in the spring, which can cause a storm of dust and sand.

The sea in the Emirates is warm enough to swim all year round, although it drops to 23°C from January to March. It is very hot in summer and exceeds 30°C from June to October. In the Gulf of Oman, the sea is slightly warmer in winter than in the Persian Gulf.

The United Arab Emirates is sometimes hit by tropical cyclones, which bring strong winds and heavy rains, as happening with Cyclone Gon in early June 2007, although this happens less often than in neighboring Oman. The most dangerous area is the northern area and especially the emirate of Fujairah, which overlooks the coast of the Gulf of Oman; in contrast, inland and western areas are generally spared. Cyclones form from May to December and are more common at the beginning of the period (May — June) and slightly less in the end (October — December).

Weather in Dubai

August is the warmest month in Dubai with an average temperature of 35.5°C and the coldest is January at 19°C, with the longest daily sunshine being 12 hours in June.

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The wettest month is February with an average rain of 40mm.

The best month for swimming in the sea is August, when the average sea temperature is 33°C.

When to fly to Dubai

The best time to visit Dubai is winter, from December to February, which is a pleasant and sunny period that will allow you to avoid the unpleasant heat of the long warm season.

The best months for a beach holiday are March and November (although we recommend November because the sea is warmer), while in the long summer, when it is too hot, sunbathing can also be a problem.

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