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Dubai Weather

Many tourists choose to holiday in Dubai firstly because it's a fascinating city but also because the Dubai weather almost guarantees sunshine throughout the year.  Even a 10 day Dubai weather forecast is likely to show sun every day and usually more than acceptable temperatures.

With a sub-tropical climate Dubai is usually hot, arid and desert-like, so whatever time of year you visit, you'll need sunscreen, sunglasses and bottles of water.

In March/April and October/November the Dubai weather and temperature is thought of as being comfortable, probably in the high 20s to the low 30s in degrees Centigrade. It's an ideal time for your Dubai holiday.

June, July, August and early September are the really hot months when it's regularly in the 40s and can touch 50°C and you'll spend your time moving between cool, if not cold, air-conditioned buildings and vehicles. Surprisingly this is the time you're more likely to need a jumper or sweater. The average maximum summer temperature reaches above 48°C, with humidity averaging over 90% and sea temperatures over 32°C. Obviously up in the mountains, temperatures are cooler.

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Locals who can afford to, will leave the city at this time because of the heat and humidity of the Dubai weather at this time of the year. Nevertheless many Westerners will visit at this time and still take the opportunity to sunbathe on the beaches or around the hotel pools. The best hotels will send staff around to give out cold flannels or spray guests with coldish water. Just remember - plenty of sunscreen, sun hats, drink lots and lots of water and don't overdo it - if in doubt cover up. Sunstroke and dehydration are not laughing matters. 

In the heat and humidity of mid-summer, wearers of glasses will notice an immediate difference - instead of glasses steaming up when you walk into a building, they'll steam up when you walk out of an air-conditioned building.

If it's just too hot, head for one of the many air-conditioned Dubai Shopping malls where a long, leisurely lunch will help you avoid the worst of the mid-day sun. In our Food and Drink section have a look at our Café Style suggestions.

December through to February, i.e. the Dubai winter, still generally sees temperatures in the mid 20's Centigrade. The average daytime winter temperature is 26°C during the day, dropping to between 10°C and 14°C at night, although this can be under 5°C in the desert or high mountains.

There can be a light warm breeze especially near the sea at any time of the year.

Three essentials for your holiday in Dubai - sunscreen, sunglasses and water!

Rain? Yes it does rain very occasionally, mostly in February and March, in the form of short, heavy showers. Sometimes it can be rainless for months. If it does rain it usually won't last long - just enjoy it for what it is, an unusual event. The only umbrellas you'll usually see are for the sun. Having said that, we have friends who took a week long cruise from Dubai around the coast and it rained all week - most unlucky, bet they'll never win the lottery! If it rains, large puddles will form especially on roads as generally there is no road drainage. However once the rain stops the water very quickly evaporates due to the heat.

Being in the desert you're just as likely to experience a sand or dust-storm. Usually these are light and short-lived. They'll block out the sun or at least make it hazy, and if you're out on the roads, especially on the roads around the 'back' of Dubai nearer the desert proper, you'll see the sand blowing over them and the road edges will gradually disappear, so take care.

Like elsewhere in the world the weather in Dubai is continually changing, albeit to a small degree. There is sometimes an unexpected fog, especially in the mornings, when it can lead to nasty and sometimes major traffic accidents, and the very occasional hail-storm is not unknown. So even on a Dubai holiday you may not totally escape the sorts of weather we suffer in many other parts of the world - mind you, these idiosyncrasies of the weather are unlikely to last long. 

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