Saudi Arabia weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in Saudi Arabia.

Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Saudi Arabia. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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The weather guide for Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Saudi Arabia weather overview

You are unlikely to need an umbrella in Saudi Arabia: it is one of the driest countries in the world with vast tracts of desert which attract less than 200mm (8in) of rainfall a year. What rainfall there is comes between November and May, except in the mountains of the southwest where light rainfall is possible at any time of year.

The mountains are the best place to be in the height of summer when inland areas can bake in temperatures as high as 48°C (118°F).

The heat is exacerbated on the Persian Gulf and Red Sea coasts by high humidity which keep nights hot and sticky: there is some danger of heat exhaustion or even heat stroke in the hottest areas. Inland, lower humidity levels bring a sharp drop in temperatures at night and can cause frosts in winter.

What to pack for Saudi Arabia weather

Light, loose clothing is ideal for a visit to Saudi at any time of year but you should take warmer clothing to cope with air-conditioning and tor chilly nights when venturing into the desert.

Which is the hottest month in Saudi Arabia?

The hottest time of year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is normally July. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 109°F with extreme heat and humidity.

Does it ever rain in Saudi Arabia?

It never rains much in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia but March usually has the most rain with an average of 1.2 inches. There are normally 6 days in March with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Saudi Arabia?

The sunniest time of year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is normally October with bright sunshine on average for 86% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the time difference between Saudi Arabia and the UK?

The time difference between Saudi Arabia and the UK is GMT+3 hours.

What is the main language spoken in Saudi Arabia?

The main language spoken in Saudi Arabia is Arabic.

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What is the currency in Saudi Arabia?

The currency in Saudi Arabia is the Saudi Riyal (SAR).

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Which plugs are used in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia uses electrical plug type G (220 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in Saudi Arabia?

They drive on the right side of the road in Saudi Arabia.

Do you need a visa for Saudi Arabia?

Yes, UK passport holders do need a visa to enter Saudi Arabia.

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Compare Saudi Arabia weather with the USA

Below the Saudi Arabia weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Saudi Arabia (Riyadh) and the USA (Washington).

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