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Best Time to Visit Saudi Arabia in 2024 for cultural experiences, desert adventures, and city tours. Saudi Arabia Weather Guide

Best Time to Visit Saudi Arabia

  • Optimal: October to April (pleasant weather, fewer tourists).
  • For cultural experiences: February and March have the best events and festivals.
  • Other favorable months: November, December, January.

Geography facts

  • Location: Middle East, occupying most of the Arabian Peninsula.
  • Area: 2,149,690 km² (entirely land, no significant water bodies).
  • Borders: Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen.
  • Landscape: Vast deserts (Rub’ al Khali), mountain ranges (Asir Mountains), and coastal plains along the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf. Highest point: Jabal Sawda at 3,015 meters.

Saudi Arabia offers a unique blend of ancient history, rich cultural heritage, and modern marvels. From the bustling cities of Riyadh and Jeddah to the serene landscapes of Al-Ula and the vastness of the Empty Quarter, there is something for every traveler.

Climate

  • Desert: Extreme temperatures, very hot summers, mild winters.
  • Coastal: Hot and humid summers, mild winters.
The daily range of reported temperatures (gray bars) and 24-hour highs (red ticks) and lows (blue ticks), placed over the daily average high (faint red line) and low (faint blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. (c) weatherspark.com

Monthly Weather Snapshot

January

  • Weather: Mild and pleasant.
  • Daytime temperatures: +20°C (68°F) to +25°C (77°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +8°C (46°F) to +12°C (54°F).
  • Activities: Ideal for exploring historical sites like Diriyah, outdoor activities, and desert camping.

February

  • Weather: Mild with occasional rain.
  • Daytime temperatures: +22°C (72°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +10°C (50°F) to +14°C (57°F).
  • Activities: Great for cultural festivals, visiting Riyadh, and exploring the Red Sea coast.
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March

  • Weather: Warm and comfortable.
  • Daytime temperatures: +25°C (77°F) to +30°C (86°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +13°C (55°F) to +18°C (64°F).
  • Activities: Perfect for hiking in Asir Mountains, visiting Jeddah, and participating in local events.

April

  • Weather: Warm, transitioning to hot.
  • Daytime temperatures: +30°C (86°F) to +35°C (95°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F) to +22°C (72°F).
  • Activities: Excellent for desert adventures, city tours in Riyadh, and exploring ancient ruins.

May

  • Weather: Hot.
  • Daytime temperatures: +35°C (95°F) to +40°C (104°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +22°C (72°F) to +26°C (79°F).
  • Activities: Best for early morning or late evening activities, exploring coastal cities, and indoor attractions.

June

  • Weather: Very hot.
  • Daytime temperatures: +40°C (104°F) to +45°C (113°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +26°C (79°F) to +30°C (86°F).
  • Activities: Limited to early mornings and late evenings, visiting air-conditioned malls and museums.

The hourly reported temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight. (c) weatherspark.com

July

  • Weather: Extremely hot.
  • Daytime temperatures: +45°C (113°F) to +50°C (122°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +30°C (86°F) to +35°C (95°F).
  • Activities: Indoor activities, coastal areas for water sports, and nighttime cultural events.

August

  • Weather: Peak summer heat.
  • Daytime temperatures: +45°C (113°F) to +50°C (122°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +30°C (86°F) to +35°C (95°F).
  • Activities: Indoor sightseeing, exploring Jeddah’s coastal areas, and attending evening festivals.

September

  • Weather: Slowly cooling down.
  • Daytime temperatures: +40°C (104°F) to +45°C (113°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +26°C (79°F) to +30°C (86°F).
  • Activities: Suitable for evening outdoor activities, visiting historical sites, and city tours.
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October

  • Weather: Warm and pleasant.
  • Daytime temperatures: +35°C (95°F) to +40°C (104°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +22°C (72°F) to +26°C (79°F).
  • Activities: Perfect for exploring the heritage sites, desert tours, and cultural experiences.

November

  • Weather: Pleasant.
  • Daytime temperatures: +28°C (82°F) to +32°C (90°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +18°C (64°F) to +22°C (72°F).
  • Activities: Ideal for city tours, visiting Al-Ula, and hiking in cooler regions.

December

  • Weather: Mild and comfortable.
  • Daytime temperatures: +22°C (72°F) to +27°C (81°F).
  • Nighttime temperatures: +12°C (54°F) to +16°C (61°F).
  • Activities: Great for exploring Riyadh, Jeddah, and other cities, enjoying outdoor festivals, and desert camping.

Saudi Arabia offers diverse experiences throughout the year, with the best times being from October to April. The cultural richness, historical sites, and modern attractions make it a fascinating destination for travelers seeking both adventure and relaxation.

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