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Bureau of Meteorology

Bahrain Weather

Bahrain Weather

Overview of Weather Types, Data, and Seasons in Bahrain:

  1. Climate Type:

    • Bahrain has a desert climate, characterized by extremely hot summers, mild winters, and low precipitation. The climate is influenced by its location in the Arabian Gulf.
  2. Temperature:

    • Summer (June to September): Bahrain experiences scorching summers with daytime temperatures often exceeding 40°C (104°F). High humidity levels can make the temperatures feel even more intense. Nighttime temperatures are relatively warm.

    • Winter (December to February): Winters are mild and pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 17°C to 24°C (63°F to 75°F). Nights are cooler, and temperatures seldom drop below 10°C (50°F).

  3. Precipitation:

    • Bahrain is arid, and rainfall is scarce. Most of the precipitation occurs during the winter months. Annual rainfall averages around 80 mm (3.15 inches), and rain showers are sporadic.
  4. Sandstorms:

    • Sandstorms, known locally as "shamals," can occur, especially during the summer months. These dust storms can reduce visibility and impact air quality.
  5. Humidity:

    • While Bahrain is generally dry, humidity levels can rise during the summer, particularly in coastal areas. The humidity, combined with high temperatures, contributes to a sense of discomfort.
  6. Wind:

    • The region experiences prevailing winds, including the hot, dry winds known as "khamsin" or "shamal." These winds can bring elevated temperatures and contribute to the arid conditions.
  7. Seasonal Tourism:

    • Bahrain is a year-round destination, but the winter months are more popular among tourists due to milder temperatures. The Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, held annually, attracts visitors and occurs during the cooler months.
  8. Water Temperatures:

    • The waters around Bahrain remain warm throughout the year, making it suitable for water activities. Sea temperatures range from around 18°C to 35°C (64°F to 95°F).
  9. Cultural Considerations:

    • Bahrain has a rich cultural scene, and various festivals and events take place throughout the year. Visitors should consider local customs and traditions, especially during the holy month of Ramadan.
  10. Best Time to Visit:

    • The winter months (December to February) are considered the best time to visit Bahrain for more comfortable temperatures. However, those who enjoy hot weather may still find the summer months appealing.

Bahrain's climate makes it a destination for those seeking warm temperatures, but visitors should be prepared for the intense heat during the summer. It's advisable to plan outdoor activities during the milder winter months and to stay hydrated in the hotter periods.

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