Average Weather at Abu Dhabi International Airport United Arab Emirates
At Abu Dhabi International Airport, the summers are long, sweltering, muggy, arid, and partly cloudy and the winters are comfortable, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 57°F to 108°F and is rarely below 51°F or above 115°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Abu Dhabi International Airport for hot-weather activities are from mid to late April and from late October to late November.
The hot season lasts for 4.3 months, from May 16 to September 25, with an average daily high temperature above 101°F. The hottest day of the year is August 5, with an average high of 108°F and low of 87°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 3 to March 4, with an average daily high temperature below 82°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 57°F and high of 75°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
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At Abu Dhabi International Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Abu Dhabi International Airport begins around September 1 and lasts for 9.6 months, ending around June 20. On October 5, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 92% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 8% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 20 and lasts for 2.4 months, ending around September 1. On July 21, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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Abu Dhabi International Airport does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 0% to 6%, with an average value of 2%.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 6% on March 21.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Abu Dhabi International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 2.2 weeks, from February 3 to February 19, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 13, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 11 months, from February 19 to February 3. The least rain falls around October 18, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day at Abu Dhabi International Airport varies over the course of the year. In 2019, the shortest day is December 22, with 10 hours, 37 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 39 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:32 AM on June 9, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 35 minutes later at 7:07 AM on January 14. The earliest sunset is at 5:32 PM on November 29, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 42 minutes later at 7:14 PM on July 3.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Abu Dhabi International Airport during 2019.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Abu Dhabi International Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from April 17 to November 26, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 21% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is September 22, with muggy conditions 79% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 16, with muggy conditions 1% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed at Abu Dhabi International Airport experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from January 2 to May 6, with average wind speeds of more than 8.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.9 months, from May 6 to January 2. The calmest day of the year is October 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Abu Dhabi International Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 3.7 months, from March 30 to July 20, with a peak percentage of 52% on June 22. The wind is most often from the north for 8.3 months, from July 20 to March 30, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 4.1 months, from June 12 to October 15, with an average temperature above 88°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 11, with an average temperature of 93°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.2 months, from December 24 to March 31, with an average temperature below 74°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 4, with an average temperature of 69°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Abu Dhabi International Airport throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Abu Dhabi International Airport for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid November to mid March, with a peak score in the third week of December.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Abu Dhabi International Airport for hot-weather activities are from mid to late April and from late October to late November, with a peak score in the first week of November.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures at Abu Dhabi International Airport are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from April 27 to July 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 4, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from November 11 to February 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 5.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 4.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Abu Dhabi International Airport are 24.433 deg latitude, 54.651 deg longitude, and 43 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Abu Dhabi International Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 217 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 46 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (358 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,119 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Abu Dhabi International Airport is covered by bare soil (57%) and artificial surfaces (36%), within 10 miles by bare soil (64%) and artificial surfaces (17%), and within 50 miles by bare soil (63%) and water (34%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Abu Dhabi International Airport, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
Abu Dhabi International Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back are Abu Dhabi Bateen Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Buraimi, Sharjah International Airport, and Ras Al Khaimah International Airport.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.