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Average Weather at Al Minhad Air Base United Arab Emirates

At Al Minhad Air Base, the summers are long, sweltering, muggy, arid, and partly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, dry, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 53°F to 111°F and is rarely below 48°F or above 117°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Al Minhad Air Base for hot-weather activities is from mid October to mid November.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 4.5 months, from May 5 to September 22, with an average daily high temperature above 104°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 111°F and low of 84°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 30 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 84°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 53°F and high of 77°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature at Al Minhad Air BaseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcoolcoolcoolcomfortablewarmwarmhotswelteringcomfortablecoolcomfortablecomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chingueṭṭi, Mauritania (4,282 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Al Minhad Air Base (view comparison).

Clouds

At Al Minhad Air Base, 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 Al Minhad Air Base begins around September 2 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 93% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 7% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around June 20 and lasts for 2.4 months, ending around September 2. On July 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 50% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories at Al Minhad Air BaseclearerclearercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 593%Oct 593%Jul 2250%Jul 2250%Sep 271%Sep 271%Jun 2072%Jun 2072%clearovercastmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

Al Minhad Air Base 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 8%, with an average value of 3%.

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 8% on March 15.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation at Al Minhad Air BaseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 158%Mar 158%Oct 120%Oct 120%Jan 16%Jan 16%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Al Minhad Air Base experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from January 15 to March 14, 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 0.6 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 10 months, from March 14 to January 15. The least rain falls around August 27, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall at Al Minhad Air BaserainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 inFeb 130.6 inFeb 130.6 inAug 270.0 inAug 270.0 inJun 280.1 inJun 280.1 inJan 150.5 inJan 150.5 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day at Al Minhad Air Base varies over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 35 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight at Al Minhad Air BaseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2013 hr, 42 minJun 2113 hr, 42 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2312 hr, 8 minSep 2310 hr, 35 minDec 2110 hr, 35 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:28 AM on June 9, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 37 minutes later at 7:05 AM on January 14. The earliest sunset is at 5:28 PM on November 29, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 44 minutes later at 7:12 PM on July 2.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed at Al Minhad Air Base during 2017.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight at Al Minhad Air BaseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 95:28 AMJun 95:28 AM7:12 PMJul 27:12 PMJul 2Nov 295:28 PMNov 295:28 PM7:05 AMJan 147:05 AMJan 14daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

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.

Al Minhad Air Base experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from April 29 to November 16, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 21% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 29, with muggy conditions 81% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 16, with muggy conditions 1% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels at Al Minhad Air BasemuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 161%Jan 161%81%Jul 2981%Jul 29Apr 2921%Apr 2921%Nov 1621%Nov 1621%miserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggycomfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumid
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 Al Minhad Air Base experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from January 5 to July 6, with average wind speeds of more than 7.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.0 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 6.0 months, from July 6 to January 5. The calmest day of the year is November 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed at Al Minhad Air BasewindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mphMar 159.0 mphMar 159.0 mphNov 16.7 mphNov 16.7 mphJan 57.8 mphJan 57.8 mphJul 67.8 mphJul 67.8 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction at Al Minhad Air Base varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the east for 1.6 months, from July 26 to September 14, with a peak percentage of 37% on August 19. The wind is most often from the west for 10 months, from September 14 to July 26, with a peak percentage of 50% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction at Al Minhad Air BaseWEWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastnorthsouth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Al Minhad Air Base 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 16, with an average temperature above 88°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 6, with an average temperature of 92°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.3 months, from December 27 to April 6, with an average temperature below 75°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 8, with an average temperature of 71°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Al Minhad Air Base 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 Al Minhad Air Base for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid November to mid March, with a peak score in the second week of December.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score at Al Minhad Air Basebest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468108.18.12.52.57.87.87.67.6 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Al Minhad Air Base for hot-weather activities is from mid October to mid November, with a peak score in the last week of October.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score at Al Minhad Air BaseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468108.08.02.92.97.07.03.63.6 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 Al Minhad Air Base 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

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season at Al Minhad Air BaseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%100%Jan 1100%Jan 1100%Jul 3100%Jul 3coldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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

Growing Degree Days at Al Minhad Air BaseJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F2,000°F4,000°F6,000°F8,000°F10,000°FJan 790°FJan 790°FApr 81,800°FApr 81,800°FDec 319,922°FDec 319,922°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 26 to July 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 3, 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 4.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 20, with an average of 4.2 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy at Al Minhad Air BasebrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJun 38.0 kWhJun 38.0 kWhDec 204.2 kWhDec 204.2 kWhApr 267.3 kWhApr 267.3 kWhJul 137.3 kWhJul 137.3 kWhFeb 54.9 kWhFeb 54.9 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather at Al Minhad Air Base, 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

Al Minhad Air Base 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 include but are not limited to Dubai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Al Ain International Airport, Buraimi, Abu Dhabi International Airport, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, Fujairah International Airport, and Abu Dhabi Bateen Airport.

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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.