Spring, summer, fall and winter

The seasons and climate in Saudi

Climate control


Weather to expect in Saudi

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always hot in Saudi Arabia. The kingdom experiences four distinct seasons —from chilly winter breezes in January to peak desert heat in August —and a climate that varies between regions. Read on for a seasonal overview of the kingdom’s weather.

Spring in Saudi

Mid-March to Mid-June


Spring in Saudi Arabia can be brisk, particularly in the north, where the temperature at night can drop below 15 degrees C. The central and southern regions are warmer, averaging around 20 degrees after nightfall. Rainfall is at its highest during spring, particularly in the central region and in the southwest over the Asir Mountains.


Don’t forget to pack layers — like light sweaters, scarves or pashminas — plus a rain jacket and sunglasses.


Summer in Saudi

Mid-June to Mid-September


With the exception of the comparatively mild highlands in the southwest, summer signals the start of rising temperatures across most of the country, with the average hovering around 45 degrees C. The early mornings and long evenings are more temperate, so take advantage of the warm seas to explore Saudi’s world-class scuba diving sites, or try sailing and snorkeling.


Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, water shoes and a hat to protect your face.


Autumn in Saudi

Mid-September to Mid-December


Autumn brings gentler weather and cool breezes in both Saudi Arabia’s northern regions and the southwestern highlands. While daytime temperatures remain warm and can reach the 30s in early fall, evenings are milder and fit for outdoor strolling, especially along Jeddah’s waterfront, indulging in al-fresco dining or visiting Al Ahsa’s cool desert springs.


Don’t forget to pack your walking shoes and a sweater for air-conditioned buildings and cooler evenings.


Winter in Saudi

Mid-December to Mid-March


Take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s beautiful winter weather to explore the kingdom. The balmy days and cool nights are ideal for camping, rock climbing or exploring Saudi Arabia’s verdant highlands and bustling cities, from Riyadh to Jeddah. Average winter temperatures are in the teens, but visitors might be lucky enough to see snowfall in the mountains of the northern regions blanketing the slopes and desert sands.


Don’t forget to pack a heavy jacket or coat as well as lotion, as Saudi winters can be dry.

Use this guide to prepare and pack for a vacation to Saudi Arabia in any season. Whether you’re planning a trip to the kingdom in spring, summer, fall or winter, check out this guide to language and culture and learn more about how to get to Saudi on VisitSaudi.com.

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