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Due to its position on the globe, Dubai is blessed with a warm and bright disposition all year round. Like many of the states and countries on the Persian Gulf the weather is often described as a dry desert climate, with hot temperatures, high humidity and very little rainfall throughout the year. For holidaymakers who are after a sunshine-filled escape this certainly sounds like a match made in heaven. So, is a holiday in Dubai a good idea at any time of year? 

Interestingly Dubai’s weather patterns can be split into two distinctive seasons, the warm and wonderful winters and sizzling hot summers. Across the summer months, from April to October, temperatures can peek in the mid forties and have been known to reach humidity levels of 85%. When these elements are high at the same time, it can make the atmosphere heavy. For most visitors who are not used to these extreme conditions, summer is often too hot to enjoy the outdoors. Therefore, the best time to visit Dubai is in the winter months, from October to April. During this period temperatures are still fantastic and rarely drop below 20°C. This creates a far more comfortable environment for visitors to thrive outside and make the very most of enjoying the glorious beaches and exploring the city by both day and night.

Note: Experience tells us that January and February are the most popular months for tourists to visit this region. In Dubai in these months there is a lot of entertainment on offer and a lively atmosphere throughout the city. Because of the influx of visitors during this period, tables at the most popular restaurants and events do get booked up quicky. We advise you speak to your personal travel manager when arranging your travel if you would like assistance in making reservations ahead of departure to avoid disappointment. Hotel rates and flight costs also tend to rise during this peak travel season, so arranging travel and accommodation in advanced is recommended where possible. 

Dubai Weather Highlights

Average Breakdown
Hottest Month: August = highs of 42°C
Coldest Month: January = highs of 24°C
Highest Rainfall: February = 35mm 
Hours Of Sunlight: 7.5 - 12.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C -33°C
Humidity: 60%

What is the weather like in Dubai in January?

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 15 - 24°C
Monthly Rainfall: 18mm
Humidity: 65%
Sunlight Hours: 8 hours 
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C

It is peak season for holidays to Dubai in January, here’s why…

January is one of the most popular months to visit Dubai and with average temperatures ranging from lows of 15°C during the night to highs of 24°C in the day, it is easy to see why. These very comfortable figures are pretty much guaranteed throughout the month, so if you want reliable weather conditions this is the time to visit.

In the evenings the temperatures do drop, so be sure to pack a light jacket or cover up to help you keep warm as you watch the sun set. The sea temperatures of 23°C can feel slightly chilly, but this makes January a great month for activities in the water, while also being refreshing enough for a cool-off dip after a spot of sunbathing.

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What is the weather like in Dubai in February?

FAIRMONT THE PALM HOTEL AND RESORT

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 17 - 26°C
Monthly Rainfall: 35mm
Humidity: 65%
Sunlight Hours: 9.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C

It is peak season for holidays to Dubai in February, here’s why…

Temperatures range from average lows of 17°C through the night to average highs of 26°C during the day, making February holidays full of glorious sunshine and lush warmth.

In the evenings when the temperatures drop slightly, you may still require a light jacket or cover up to help keep the chill away. Also, it’s worth noting that precipitation levels are at their highest in the month of February, however this is usually not something to worry about as cloudy skies are still extremely rare. This is because when it does rain, the clouds tend to form very quickly and are dispersed swiftly after a short burst of rainfall.

In close proximity to the Dubai Marina and Downtown Dubai, Fairmont The Palm Hotel And Resort is a great option for those looking to explore the city. 

What is the weather like in Dubai in March?

HABTOOR GRAND RESORT, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 19 - 29°C
Monthly Rainfall: 25mm
Humidity: 63%
Sunlight Hours: 9.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 23°C

It is peak season for holidays to Dubai in March, here’s why…

In March, the temperature in Dubai starts to rise as the seasons roll into spring. The average temperatures throughout the month range from lows of 19°C during the night to highs of 29°C during the day. These solid temperatures are guaranteed at this time of year, making March a great time to visit if you prefer the warmer weather.

While the sea temperatures can still feel a little on the cold side, especially towards the beginning of the month, March is the best month for swimming and sunbathing comfortably all day long.

Situated in a fantastic position on Jumeirah Beach, Habtoor Grand Resort, Autograph Collection is a top choice for foodies with an offering of 14 delicious restaurants.  

What is the weather like in Dubai in April?

ADDRESS FOUNTAIN VIEWS

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 22 - 34°C
Monthly Rainfall: 10mm
Humidity: 55%
Sunlight Hours: 11 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 25°C

It is low season for holidays to Dubai in April, here’s why…

Temperatures in April start to get hot, hot, hot! If, the subtle heat of March wasn’t quite hot enough for you, then April will certainly become your favourite time to visit. During this month temperatures range from average lows of 22°C during the night to average highs of 34°C during the day. During the peak of the midday sun, temperatures have been known to soar up to 40°C.

One benefit of visiting at this time of year is the warmth in the Arabian Gulf. These sea temperatures make it more comfortable to have a longer swim in the water. Oh, and on evenings the temperature doesn’t drop as much either, so there’s no need for a light jacket if you are planning on spending time outdoors in the evening.

Situated in a prime position to witness the breath-taking performances of The Dubai Fountain, Address Fountain Views is great for those that don’t want to miss a moment in this amazing city.  

What is the weather like in Dubai in May?

AL MAHA, A LUXURY COLLECTION DESERT RESORT & SPA

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 26 - 39°C
Monthly Rainfall: 1mm
Humidity: 53%
Sunlight Hours: 12 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 29°C

It is low season for holidays to Dubai in May, here’s why…

Getting closer to summer, during May it really starts to heat up in Dubai and tends to be too hot for some. What’s more, the temperatures during the night rarely fall below lows of 23°C. If you are visiting at this time of year, try and enjoy spending time indoors where you can. There are lots of amazing world-renowned art galleries, record-breaking shopping malls as well as fantastic indoor hotel and restaurant facilities that you can really make the most of - all which will be climate controlled with air conditioning. If you are venturing outside be sure to wear loose light clothing and try and avoid the peak of the midday sun. 

Discover the beautiful tranquillity of the Dubai desert at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, which offers a haven away from the bright city lights.

What is the weather like in Dubai in June?

ATLANTIS, THE PALM

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 29 - 40°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 58%
Sunlight Hours: 12 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 31°C

It is low season for holidays to Dubai in June, here’s why…

The month of June in Dubai can only be described as scorching as the mercury rises further and is known to easily reach 43°C during the day. At this point in the year the sea temperatures also rise to around 31°C and above, making a ‘quick dip to cool off’ unlikely.

A firm favourite with everyone, Atlantis, The Palm has everything you could wish for and more! Learn about the fantastic leisure facilities available here.

What is the weather like in Dubai in July?

BVLGARI RESORT DUBAI

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 31 - 41°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 56%
Sunlight Hours: 12 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 32°C

It is low season for holidays to Dubai in July, here’s why…

Similarly to June, July features consistent high temperatures throughout the month, with night time figures hardly dropping below 30°C.  At this point in the year it is also very rare to experience any rainfall at all.

We would not recommend travel to the region at this time of year, unless guests are used to extreme heat or if they are planning on spending their time indoors, i.e. on a business trip.

If contemporary elegance is your thing, the interiors presented at Bvlgari Resort Dubai will be right up your street. Discover more.
 

What is the weather like in Dubai in August?

JUMEIRAH ZABEEL SARAY

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 31 - 42°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 57%
Sunlight Hours: 12.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 33°C

It is low season for holidays to Dubai in August, here’s why…
Spending anytime outdoors in the month of August is going to be very difficult with temperatures hovering consistently around 40°C and above throughout the day. Visitors will need to find shade, avoid midday hours and make an added effort to stay hydrated.

If you are travelling for pleasure, we would not recommend the month of August as you will miss out on spending a good deal of your time outside. However, if you are travelling for business, there are a plethora of luxury hotels and resorts in Dubai that are well equipped to keep you entertained, with five-star dining and world-class indoor amenities.

Home to one of the largest spas in the world, a stay at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray will leave you feeling revived and rejuvenated. Learn more here

What is the weather like in Dubai in September?

JUMEIRAH BEACH HOTEL

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 29 - 39°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 60%
Sunlight Hours: 10 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 32°C

It is low season for holidays to Dubai in September, here’s why…

In September, temperatures do begin to drop as the seasons shift away from summer, however we would still describe September as featuring extreme dry and hot weather conditions.

If this calendar month is a window of availability for you, travelling towards the end of September would be the best option for more moderate and comfortable levels of heat. Water babies also take note, beach days in the month of September are accompanied also by warm sea temperatures, which makes it possible to spend more time in the water without getting a chill. 

Learn more about Jumeirah Beach Hotel here. Located in a prime location on Jumeriah Beach, the hotel is an iconic symbol of water-based fun in Dubai and home to the Wild Wadi Waterpark.

What is the weather like in Dubai in October?

ONE&ONLY THE PALM

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range: 25 - 36°C
Monthly Rainfall: 0mm
Humidity: 60%
Sunlight Hours: 8 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 31°C

It is low season for holidays to Dubai in October, here’s why…

In October, the intensity of the summer heat subsides, with average highs during the day lowering to 36°C. 

Sea temperatures do however maintain a pleasant 31°C, meaning you can spend hours splashing around in the warm waters quite comfortably at this time of year. And in the evenings, temperatures rarely dip below 25°C, making it perfectly possible for evening strolls and some delightful alfresco dining.

Discover a stylish affair at One&Only The Palm, where privacy comes first and Michelin-star dining experiences second.

What is the weather like in Dubai in November?

FIVE PALM JUMEIRAH DUBAI

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
21 - 31°C
Monthly Rainfall: 2mm
Humidity: 61%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 28°C

It is peak season for holidays to Dubai in November, here’s why…

With temperatures now staying in the high twenties during the day, November is a superb time to holiday in Dubai. You can be sure to never expect more than a couple of millimetres of rain, which means almost guaranteed blue skies. The Persian Gulf also holds on to the summer heat and maintains a very comfortable 28°C, so water sports and beach days are a fantastic fit at this time of year. 

Located on the trunk of Palm Jumeirah and offering unbeatable views of the city, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai is a sleek and stylish example of modern hotel design. Want to learn more about this resort? Click here.
 

What is the weather like in Dubai in December?

SOFITEL DUBAI THE PALM

Average Breakdown
Temperature Range:
17 - 26°C
Monthly Rainfall: 15mm
Humidity: 64%
Sunlight Hours: 7.5 hours
Persian Gulf Temperature: 25°C

It is peak season for holidays to Dubai in November, here’s why…

December is a fantastic time to visit Dubai. You can look forward to average highs of 26ºC during the day and enjoy plenty of winter sun. The evenings are pleasant, although they can drop to around 17°C so it might be a good idea to pack a light cover up to keep the chill at bay. Sea temperatures are now at around 25°C which will feel refreshing during the day if you are sunbathing on the beach. 

Although slightly more rain is expected in this month, generally the clouds gather rapidly and release a short heavy spell of rain that subsides to reveal blue skies again quickly, so is not something that should dampen spirits about travel at this time of year. 

Offering a unique blend of French elegance, Polynesian ambiance and Arabian hospitality, the Sofitel Dubai The Palm will have you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated in no time at all. Click here to learn more

If Dubai is looking like a destination of dreams right now, you’ve come to the right place. Our personal travel managers are experts in the UAE and know all the best places stay, what to do and where to eat, to make your next holiday the best ever! Why not get in touch today? Simply fill out an enquiry form here or call 0203 816 0985 and we will get to work creating a tailor-made escape just for you. 
Rachel Lane

Rachel Lane is a Content Writer

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