- Except for the south western province of Asir, Saudi Arabia has a desert climate with extremely high day-time temperatures and a sharp temperature drop at night
- Average summer temperatures are around 45°C, but can be as high as 54°C
- In the winter the temperature rarely drops below 0°C
- In the spring and autumn the heat is temperate, temperatures average around 29°C
- Annual rainfall is extremely low
- The mountainous Asir region is influenced by the Indian Ocean monsoons, usually occurring between October and March
- An average of 300mm. of rainfall occurs during this period, that is about 60% of the annual precipitation
Best time to visit:
Saudi Arabia has a desert climate. In seaside Jeddah it is warm for most of the year, though winter is probably the most pleasant time for a visit. Riyadh, which is inland, is hotter in summer and colder in winter, when occasional heavy rainstorms occur. Early spring and late autumn are lovely times to visit this desert capital. The Rub al Khali, or “Empty Quarter,” seldom receives rain, making Saudi Arabia one of the driest countries in the world.
Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and light trousers, sun hats, and sturdy shoes.