Information on climate and weather in Oman with detailed description of the best time to travel, climate tables, temperature details and rainy days.
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The main climate zones in Oman
The climate in Oman can be roughly divided into four different zones.
The coastal region in the north
In the coastal region in the north (Muscat, Sur, Batina Plain, Sohar) there is little rainfall and only slight temperature fluctuations between day and night. In summer, daytime highs average between 35 °C and 40 °C, in winter a pleasant 22-25 °C. You can swim in the sea all year round at temperatures between 24 °C (winter) and 31 °C (summer) - perfect for a bathing holiday in Oman.
The Hajar Mountains
In the mountains, with peaks around 3,000 metres, there are warm summers and cool winters. In the winter months, sub-zero temperatures can regularly be expected at night in the higher mountain regions. In summer, temperatures rise to an average of 30 °C during the day, but it always cools down considerably at night. Warm clothing is therefore always necessary in the Hajar Mountains.
The interior - the deserts
Theinterior of Oman is largely desert. The Ramlat al Wahiba (Wahiba Sands) and the Rub al-Khali (Empty Quarter) deserts are also found here. Temperatures are pleasant in winter at 25 °C to 30 °C, but in summer the thermometer often climbs to an unbearable 50 °C or more.
These are the peak temperatures in Oman. At night, as in all desert areas, the temperatures drop very sharply and it can get really chilly in winter.
The South - Dhofar Province
TheSouthern Province of Dhofar (Salalah) has a tropical climate all year round. It is warm and humid. Temperatures range between 20 °C and 30 °C . Between June and September, the region is swept by monsoons.
During this time, there is dense fog and drizzle, and the temperature is around 25 °C. This makes the whole province green. This is the so-called "Kharif Season" which is very popular with visitors from the Arabian Peninsula. During the monsoon season, it is not possible to swim in the sea in the south of Oman because of the strong currents.
The warmest, coolest, wettest, driest months
Warmest month in Oman: June
Coolest month in Oman: January
Wettest months in Oman: January, February (in the Dhofar region in the south: July and August)
Driest months in Oman: May to September (except the Dhofar region in the south)
Best time to travel in Oman
Thebest time to travel in Oman is from October to March. The daytime temperatures are bearable, the water is pleasantly warm and at night it cools down to acceptable temperatures.
In principle, Oman can be visited all year round. From April to September, however, temperatures often reach more than 40 degrees Celsius and do not usually drop below 30 degrees at night. Only in a few areas of Oman, such as on Masirah Island, in the Dhofar region around Salalah in the south or in the Hajar Mountains, are these temperatures halfway bearable.