The Best Time to Visit Oman
If you haven’t previously thought of travelling to Oman, now is the chance for you to see the beauty and wealth of culture on offer in this sensational destination! I’m sure by the end of this you will be rearing to pack your suitcase and jet off to Oman. The beautiful country in the southeast of the Arabian peninsula borders on Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. There are also sea borders with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. The coastal regions are breath-taking with beautiful beaches and impressive holiday resorts. Here you can enjoy an unforgettable beach holiday, provided you stick to the best travel time to Oman. Have a look at the weather information we have provided and this will help you when is the best time to visit Oman.
When is the best time to travel to Oman?
The geographical location of Oman means you permanently have warm temperatures. However, sometimes they can be too hot for Europeans and therefore quite unpleasant. This is why the best time to visit Oman is from November to March. From November to March the temperatures are below 30 degrees Celsius and are very bearable. With 29 degrees Celsius daily, November is a great month for visiting because it is the warmest (at a tolerable temperature). At night the temperature is around 23 degrees Celsius. By comparison, February is 24 degrees Celsius daily. Thus the month is slightly cooler than November and December but is still wonderfully warm. At night you can expect temperatures around 19 degrees Celsius. After February it goes up again and in March it is 27 degrees Celsius during the day. Also at night, the temperatures exceed over 20 degrees. In Oman the sun always shines, no matter in which month. Therefore you can enjoy between 8 and 10 sun hours daily. Also, the water temperature is high the whole year and is ideal for splashing around in the sea. In the months of November to March you can look forward to warm water between 24 and 26 degrees. Although Oman is a very dry country with comparatively little rainfall, there can be storms with heavy rain showers, especially in the winter months. If you are travelling in Oman at the optimal travel time, you have to be prepared for 1 to 2 rainy days per month.
Oman travel time overview:
- November: 29°C, 10h sun, 5°C water temperature, 1 rainy day
- December: 26°C, 8h sun, 26°C water temperature, 2 rainy days
- January: 24°C, 10h sun, 24°C water temperature, 2 rainy days
- February: 24°C, 10h sun, 24°C water temperature, 2 rainy days
- March: 27°C, 9h sun, 24°C water temperature, 1 rainy day
The optimal travel time from November to March can be broken down to the entire country. Both for the capital Muscat in the northeast and for the popular holiday resort Salala in the southwest of Oman. In these months you can expect temperatures of 25 to 29 degrees in Muscat. In Salala, the best travel time can even be extended to the month of May. Perfect bathing weather, many opportunities for water sports and a colourful underwater world – spend the winter in Oman and you can enjoy the beautiful country. However, during the months in both popular regions there can be precipitation, which is very heavy. Even if the rainy days per month are very low, you must always be prepared for heavy rainfalls, which the dry soil cannot absorb so quickly. Flooding can be the result.
In the north of the Sultanate of Oman is the Hadjar Mountains. The situation in this region is different when it comes to the best time to travel in Oman. You should go on hikes through the Hajjar Mountains in the summer months. Here the summers are less hot than in the flat country, but moderately warm. In summer, the weather is ideal for going high up. Nevertheless, it can get very fresh at night. Furthermore, you have to reckon with increased rainfall.
Climate in Oman
Oman is subject to the influence of trade winds and monsoon foothills. This leads to a rand tropical climate in Oman, which brings with it extremely hot summers and warm winters. Compared to summer, winter is shorter. On the northern coasts, where the capital Maskat is located, it is hot and humid. There are a few rainy days per month all year round. From time to time there are tropical storms. They have damp weather and a lot of wind in their luggage.
In the high altitudes of the Hadjar mountains, there is a mountain climate, which has very cool temperatures especially in winter and at night. In the mountains, it rains more frequently and more productively than in the lowlands. Rainfall in the mountain region is distributed throughout the year.
Climate table for Oman
|Max. Temperature in °C||29||29,5||31||32||32,5||32||32||32||31,5||31||29,5||29|
|Min. Temperature in °C||24||25||26||26||26||26||25||25||25||24,5||24||24|
|Sunshine hours per day||8||7||8||10||8||6||5||5||5||6||7||8|
|Water temperature in °C||27||28||28||29||29||29||28||28||28||28||28||27|
|Rainy days per month||8||4||5||13||16||17||16||16||19||20||20||14|
The rainy season in Oman
The south coast of Oman becomes an attraction for many Arabs once a year. From June to September the Dhofar Mountains in the Salala region are the rainy season. The Monsoon Charif from Southeast Asia influences and leads to weather conditions that create a small natural wonder. Unlike the other regions in Oman, the air cools down to up to 20 degrees Celsius during the day. For the inhabitants, this is a welcome change from the constant heat. The rain brings the otherwise dust-dry region to life and the plants begin to bloom. Not only the Omani come from all over the country to enjoy the spectacle. Also, many Arabs go on the way into the green oasis in Dhofar.
What is the weather like in Oman?
Little rain, year-round high temperatures – the weather in Oman is idyllic. The extremely hot temperatures in the summer months can be difficult for Europeans to handle. As you can see in the table above, June reaches up to 37 degrees Celsius. Often there are also peak values that are well over 40 degrees Celsius. In addition, there is a high humidity – unbearable for many Europeans. In Muscat, mornings are the hottest times of the day in summer. Already in the morning, the thermometer shows more than 30 degrees Celsius. When it’s time for lunch, temperatures drop minimally.
Characteristic of the weather in Oman in the summer months are the small temperature fluctuations between day and night. On the coast, it is around 35 degrees Celsius during the daytime in July. At night, it only cools to 31 degrees Celsius. It’s different in the mountains and in the desert. There, the temperature fluctuations are pronounced. In the southwest of the Hajar mountains, it is often 30 degrees Celsius in the summer, at night it is much colder at 10 degrees Celsius. However, the summer weather in the mountains is generally more pleasant than on the coast.
In most regions of Oman, the rain falls during the winter months. By contrast, there is not a single rainy day in the summer except for Dhorfar. No wonder the Omani are looking forward to the rainy season on the south coast of the country!
Conclusion on the best travel time to Oman
The varied landscape, consisting of coasts with chalk white beaches, mountains and desert, make Oman worth visiting. If you want to visit the country for a beach holiday, you should avoid the hot summer months and head for our winter time. The best time to visit Oman is November, December, January, February and March. The temperatures are not too hot, the sea is wonderfully warm, the sun is shining and the sky is blue. If you want to undertake a hiking holiday in the mountain region of Oman, the summer months are worth it. At night the temperatures drop extremely low, but they are not at freezing point, as in the winter months. Those seeking a nature holiday experience, June to September would be the best time as the increased precipitation awakens the vegetation and everything shines in lush green.
Time to go!