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Situated on the Persian Gulf within the Arabian Desert, Dubai is widely known to be a hot and sunny holiday destination. If you visit Dubai you should be prepared for high temperatures, bringing with them the benefits of warm seas and relatively low levels of rainfall.
If you’re not accustomed to exceptionally high temperatures, then you may find Dubai to be particularly comfortable in December or January. These months may be amongst the coldest, but you certainly shouldn’t need to pack your winter wardrobe! In fact, averaging between 19°C and 21°C (with average highs of 26°C, average lows of 14°C and just 10-20mm of rainfall), December and January in Dubai are ideal months for basking in the sunshine or swimming in the waters of the gulf.
February has an average 40mm of rainfall. It’s not unusual for the skies to be grey and overcast for multiple days in February, but with temperatures being reasonable at around 20° (with an average high and low of 24°C and 15°C respectively), you’ll find that you can still enjoy the warmth of the sun breaking through the cloud cover. Visit Dubai in February and you might see one or two impressive rainstorms, with spectacular lightning, though you’ll more than likely find that you just need a light jacket for evenings sipping cocktails by the pool.
Average temperatures get progressively higher through March, April, May, June and July, up to an annual peak in August. In March they’re around 23°C, but by August you’ll discover an all-new appreciation for air conditioning. Temperatures in August average 36°C (with an average high of 41°C and average low of 30°C), which can be hard to visualise unless you’ve experienced similar before. If you’re happy to embrace the higher temperatures, remember that Dubai has evolved to cope and that there are plenty of indoor activities for the hottest part of each day, from shopping to visiting any of Dubai’s abundant indoor attractions.
From September, average temperatures are beginning their slow descent from 36°C down to 25°C, with average highs and lows of 38°C and 19°C. The days are still warm, sunny and dry, but not overwhelmingly hot. The sea is perfectly warm, and Dubai’s consistent weather with low rainfall levels will provide opportunities for outdoor dining, sunbathing and strolling from shop to shop. The months of September, October and November are very warm but also very comfortable even in the midday sun, which makes these months ideal for a sightseeing trip with a very flexible itinerary.
Please view this as an indicative guide of the typical seasonal weather you could expect and not a definitive forecast.