Best time to visit Saudi Arabia

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When is the best time to visit Saudi Arabia?

The best time to visit Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) is November based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • 20°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)20
  • 23°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)23
  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)28
  • 33°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)33
  • 39°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)39
  • 42°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)42
  • 43°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)43
  • 43°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)43
  • 40°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)40
  • 35°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)35
  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)28
  • 22°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)22

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The weather guide for Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Saudi Arabia weather overview

You are unlikely to need an umbrella in Saudi Arabia: it is one of the driest countries in the world with vast tracts of desert which attract less than 200mm (8in) of rainfall a year. What rainfall there is comes between November and May, except in the mountains of the southwest where light rainfall is possible at any time of year.

The mountains are the best place to be in the height of summer when inland areas can bake in temperatures as high as 48°C (118°F).

The heat is exacerbated on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea coasts by high humidity which keep nights hot and sticky: there is some danger of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke in the hottest areas. Inland, lower humidity levels bring a sharp drop in temperatures at night and can cause frosts in winter.

What to pack for Saudi Arabia weather

Light, loose clothing is ideal for a visit to Saudi at any time of year but you should take warmer clothing to cope with air-conditioning and tor chilly nights when venturing into the desert.

Which is the hottest month in Saudi Arabia?

The hottest time of year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is normally July. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 43°C with extreme heat and humidity.

Does it ever rain in Saudi Arabia?

It never rains much in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia but March usually has the most rain with an average of 31mm. There are normally 6 days in March with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Saudi Arabia?

The sunniest time of year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is normally October with bright sunshine on average for 86% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

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