What’s the climate like in Dubai?
The line of the Tropic of Cancer crosses through the UAE, causing the weather in Dubai to be warm and sunny. In the winter it has an average daytime temperature of 25°C , nearer the coast 12-15°C , in the desert or mountains 5°C. With the nights being relatively cool. Near coastal areas humidity can average between 50% and 60%.
In the summer, the weather in Dubai is very hot and humid, with temperatures reaching mid 40’s. Even the sea temperature can reach 37°C , with humidity averaging over 90%.
Rainfall in Dubai is infrequent and does not last for a long period. It mostly rains during the winter period in the form of short gushes and an occasional thunderstorm. On average, rain falls only five days a year.
As the saying goes, Dubai has two seasons: the warm season, and the hot season.
It really depends on what you’re used to, though. I’m from The Netherlands, and the weather we have in Dubai in December and January would be similar to a nice summer day back home. Having lived here for nearly five years though, it feels chilly when it’s 23C (and I’ll wear a sweater).
In July and August, and to a somewhat lesser extent June and September, everybody lives indoors; it’s too hot to be comfortable outside (always over 40C, often over 45C, even at night (temperature goes down a bit, to around 35C, but humidity goes up a lot to compensate…) Fortunately, everything is air conditioned (even the bus stops).
The rest of the year is great though. Do note that especially in February, it might rain, and in March, there may be dust storms.
Dubai has a warm, sunny climate that is ideal for tourism, with mild temperatures for most of the year and a low rainfall. Summer temperatures in July and August can reach highs of around 45ºC (113ºF) with high humidity, making this the least comfortable time of year to visit in terms of climate. However, Dubai is well geared up for high temperatures, and public transport, shopping malls, hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions are all air conditioned.
P.S. Do bring your sunscreen
Dubai enjoys a sub-tropical climate with year-round sunshine. Temperatures range from a low of 14°C to 24°C in winter to an average of 41°C in summer.