This report describes the typical weather at the Al Ain International Airport (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1995 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Al Ain has a hot desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by shrublands (93%), lakes and rivers (4%), and built-up areas (3%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 55°F to 112°F and is rarely below 50°F or above 116°F.
The warm season lasts from May 5 to September 25 with an average daily high temperature above 104°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 112°F and low of 87°F.
The cold season lasts from December 3 to February 21 with an average daily high temperature below 82°F. The coldest day of the year is January 23, with an average low of 55°F and high of 75°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 10:39 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 13:39 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 5:28am on June 6 and the latest sunset is at 7:10pm on July 5. The latest sunrise is at 7:03am on January 15 and the earliest sunset is at 5:29pm on November 29.
Daylight savings time (DST) is not observed in 2012.
The median cloud cover ranges from 4% (clear) to 30% (mostly clear). The sky is cloudiest on February 21 and clearest on May 24. The clearer part of the year begins around April 13. The cloudier part of the year begins around November 24.
On May 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 2% of the time.
On February 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 24% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 34% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around March 25, occurring in 13% of days. Precipitation is least likely around October 15, occurring in 2% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and moderate rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 44% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 4, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 31% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around March 25, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 24% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 9, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from May 5 to September 25, there is a 5% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms (76% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), moderate rain (16%), and light rain (8%).
During the cold season, which lasts from December 3 to February 21, there is a 8% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of light rain (44% of days with precipitation have at worst light rain), moderate rain (37%), and thunderstorms (16%).
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at any time during the year at this location or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 13% (very dry) to 88% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 7% (very dry) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around May 29, at which time the relative humidity drops below 16% (dry) three days out of four; it is most humid around December 22, exceeding 84% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a year, the dew point typically varies from 40°F (dry) to 74°F (very muggy) and is rarely below 27°F (dry) or above 82°F (very oppressive).
There are two periods in the year that are most comfortable: The first is between January 1 and May 28 and the second is between November 5 and December 31. The air feels neither too dry nor too muggy during these periods.
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 2 mph to 19 mph (light air to fresh breeze), rarely exceeding 24 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 10 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 25, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around December 22, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (moderate breeze).