When is the best time to go to Saudi Arabia?

When is the best time to go to Saudi Arabia? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Saudi Arabia, the weather is good everywhere in January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December
  • The best months to go to Riyadh are January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December
  • On average, the warmest months in Riyadh are June, July, August and September, and the coldest month of the year is January
  • The cities with the best climate are Abha, Al Bahah, Khamis Mushait, Najran, Ta'if and Yanbu, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Al Khobar are May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Annual weather in Saudi Arabia

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in Saudi Arabia for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 43°F to 85°F
0 to 2 days*
February 49°F to 88°F
0 to 1 days*
March 54°F to 92°F
0 to 2 days*
April 61°F to 99°F
0 to 5 days*
May 68°F to 108°F
0 to 5 days*
June 72°F to 113°F
0 days
July 72°F to 117°F
0 to 3 days*
August 72°F to 115°F
0 to 8 days*
September 70°F to 110°F
0 to 2 days*
October 63°F to 101°F
0 to 2 days*
November 56°F to 92°F
0 to 5 days*
December 47°F to 86°F
0 to 3 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to Saudi Arabia by cities

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The best months to go to Riyadh are january, february, march, april, may, september, october, november and december.



The best months to go to Mecca are january, february, march, april, may, october, november and december.



The best months to go to Medina are january, february, march, april, may, october, november and december.

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Temperatures and rainfall in Saudi Arabia

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Saudi Arabia and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Riyadh, Mecca, Medina, Al Khobar and Dhahran, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Saudi Arabia

Find out when Saudi Arabia has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Saudi Arabia

The months with low numbers of tourists are: February, August, September, October, November and December. The number of visitors to Saudi Arabia is high in: January, March, April, May, June and July.

  • Very low season in Saudi Arabia: October and November.
  • Low season in Saudi Arabia: February, August, September and December.
  • High season in Saudi Arabia: January, March, April, May and June.
  • Peak season in Saudi Arabia: July.

Figure: Visitor index for Saudi Arabia month by month

Average price for flights to Saudi Arabia

A return flight between London and Riyadh is generally cheaper if you go in march ($ 489 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 242 more for your airline ticket to Riyadh if you go in august.

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Where to go in Saudi Arabia?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Al Khobar72°F74°F81°F88°F99°F104°F106°F106°F103°F95°F83°F74°F
Jeddah (Jiddah)83°F85°F86°F90°F95°F99°F99°F99°F99°F95°F90°F85°F
Al Bahah74°F77°F81°F85°F90°F95°F95°F94°F94°F86°F79°F74°F
Al Hufuf74°F79°F88°F97°F108°F113°F117°F115°F110°F101°F86°F74°F
Al Jubayl72°F74°F81°F90°F99°F106°F108°F106°F103°F95°F83°F74°F
Ar Rass68°F74°F83°F90°F101°F106°F110°F110°F104°F95°F79°F70°F
Khamis Mushait74°F77°F81°F83°F86°F92°F92°F90°F90°F83°F77°F74°F


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Is this weather information for Saudi Arabia reliable?

Climate data for Saudi Arabia has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Saudi Arabia allows us to determine the average for each month in Riyadh, Mecca, Medina, Al Khobar, Dhahran, Hail, Jeddah (Jiddah), Abha, and 16 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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