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Prior to booking a holiday in Oman, there are many things to consider. Temperatures, local events and the weather may all have an impact on your visit.
Oman usually experiences very high temperatures, reaching 40°C (and occasionally up to 49°C) during the summer months. Temperatures are typically between 25°C and 35°C through Spring and Autumn, and in Winter are usually between 17°C and 25°C.
May and June are usually the driest months in Oman, with very little rainfall. Throughout the rest of the year, Oman still remains relatively dry. In winter there is a higher chance of rain, with rainfall typically being sudden and heavy but not lasting for long.
Between March and August there are possibilities of high winds and sandstorms. The high winds, known as Shamal winds, are generally worse in the morning hours whilst tending to calm down at night. January is usually the coldest month, but February is typically the wettest.
Between May and September, summer in Oman results in very high temperatures and very little rainfall. This can be appealing to some, but others might feel that the temperatures are too high and that they’d prefer to visit when it’s cooler. Many of the best luxury hotels and resorts in Oman have private swimming pools for guests, meaning that holidaymakers are very likely to have ample opportunity to cool down.
Between October and April temperatures are lower. This is the late Autumn, Winter and early Spring season in Oman, with higher rainfall but conditions usually more like a British summer.
As high winds and sandstorms are more likely in the months between March and August inclusive, and as February is typically the wettest month, holidaymakers might prefer to avoid these weather conditions by visiting in September for higher temperatures or between October and January for cooler temperatures.
Annual events that you might enjoy include:
The Muscat Festival – a month-long festival that takes place annually in Muscat, through the month of February. This festival is a celebration of culture, with varied entertainment.
Fete de la Musique – Oman’s ‘Music Day’, on 21st June, with many musical performances by amateurs and professionals.
Oman’s National Day – a one-day event on the 18th November, celebrating the country’s independence with activities and events ranging from parades and firework displays to camel racing.
The Khareef Festival – a celebration of monsoon season, in Salalah. A chance to experience thousands dancing the Zanooj dance together, along with many other music performances and sporting events.
Please view this as an indicative guide of the typical seasonal weather you could expect and not a definitive forecast.