Seasons in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is called “Manhattan of Near East”. It is situated on the island in north-eastern part of the Persian Gulf in 250 m (820 ft.) away from coasts. Abu Dhabi is the capital of UAE and it is one of the hottest cities in the world. Arid tropical climate means around 57 mm (2.2”) of annual precipitation and temperature up to 50 °C (122 °F).

Winters are cooler but temperature is higher than 20 °C (68 °F) anyway. Main advantage of such weather is year round beach season. Temperature variations are minor throughout a year. In addition, the rain definitely won’t spoil vacation.


Seasons

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Spring in Abu Dhabi

March and April are the most comfortable months for people that hadn’t got used to dry and hot climate of the Middle East. Temperature ranges between 22-25 °C (71-77 °F) at night and 31-33 °C (88-91 °F) at afternoon. The sky is sunny, the sea is warm and there are no strong winds or rains. Sunscreen and sunglasses are essential in Abu Dhabi in spring and year round.

In May heat comes to the city. At afternoons temperature usually hovers around 35 °C (95 °F) with occasional leaps above 40 °C (104 °F). Fortunately segment of indoor entertainment is pretty developed in the city. There will be no problems with finding place to wait out the hottest hours of a day.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 10 mm (0.4")
April
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1.2")
May
Max average t°: +34 °C (93 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 3 mm (0.1")

Spring Holidays

March – Mother of the Nation Festival.
March 20-21 – Nowruz.
Aprl-May – Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

Summer in Abu Dhabi

Desert nature of climate of Abu Dhabi reveals itself in summer. Daytime averages for June and July are hovering around 40 °C (104 °F). Nights are not much cooler with their temperature of 34 °C (93 °F). Sky is dazzling bright, precipitation is out of sight. Winds are moderate, but exceptionally dry.

In August heat intensifies occasionally breaking mark of 45 °C (113 °F) at afternoon. So visit to Abu Dhabi in summer require respective preparations and constant performing of precaution measures against sunburns and heat strokes.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +36 °C (97 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +32 °C (90 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")
July
Max average t°: +38°C (100 °F)
Min average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Water t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")
August
Max average t°: +39°C (102 °F)
Min average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Water t°: +34 °C (93 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")

Summer Holidays

August 6 – Sheikh Zayed Coronation Day.

Autumn in Abu Dhabi

Autumn in Abu Dhabi is kind of reversed spring. For starters temperature decreases to 35-38 °C (95-100 °F) in September. It is still too hot for comfortable vacationing. Rains are still out of sight. Temperature in October and November is considered as comfortable. Daily range of 26-33 °C (79-91 °F) is indeed cool for Abu Dhabi.

Water in the sea has most pleasant temperature in last autumn months. It is cooler than in summer, so actually able to hide swimmers from heat. It is far from being cold in any time of a year, but in October and November combination of temperatures of the air and the sea is nearest t comfortable.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +39°C (102 °F)
Min average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Water t°: +33 °C (91 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")
October
Max average t°: +34 °C (93 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Water t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")
November
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Water t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 17 mm (0.7")

Autumn Holidays

November – Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Art.
November 30 – Commemoration Day.
November-January – Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival.

Winter in Abu Dhabi

Winter is cold in Abu Dhabi, at least comparing to summer. At afternoon air may cool down to 23 °C (73 °F) and at night average temperature is 22 °C (71 °F). Winds become cooler too and overcast is common. There is even probability of some rain. In January daily temperatures are ranging from 19-21 °C (66-70 °F) at night to 22-25 °C (71-77 °F) at afternoon. Occasionally it warms up to 28 °C (82 °F).

Frist half of February has temperature similar to January, but second half of last winter month marks beginning of warming. Winds are calm and air may warm up to 27 °C or higher.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 20 mm (0.8")
January
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
February
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 6 mm (0.2")

Winter Holidays

December – Al Dhafra Festival, Abu Dhabi Golf Festival.
December 2 – National Day
December 12 – Day of the foundation of UAE.

January 1 – New Year.
February-March – Abu Dhabi Festival.

Main religious observances and holidays are being held according to Islamic moon calendar, so dates of Ramadan, Kurban Bayrami, Asure Gunu and many other festivities in Gregorian calendar vary from year to year.

Rajab 27 – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj (Ascension Day).
Ramadan 1 – Beginning of Ramadan.
Shawwal 1 – Eid Al Fitr.
Dhu al Hijjah 9 – Arafat Day.
Dhu al Hijjah 10 – Eid Al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).
Muharram 1 – Al Hijri (Islamic New Year).
Muharram 10 – Asure.
Rabi al Awwal 12 – Birthday o Prophet Mohhamad.