Oman is a diverse country with very different weather patterns depending on where you visit—the weather in northern Oman varies greatly from the weather in the south. We want to take the confusion out of the planning process for you by outlining the four seasons of the year, and what you can expect from the weather in each season/region of Oman. Here is our guide to help you decide what time of year will be the best for your next Oman tour.
Spring – March through June
Springtime in northern Oman starts off nice with high temperatures in Muscat staying in the 70s F and evenings cooling off to the 50s. This balmy weather doesn’t last long, however, as the summer heat begins to encroach in April.
June is the warmest month in the north, with temperatures often soaring well-above 100 degrees F and evenings staying in the upper-70s. If you choose to visit the north during these months, bring plenty of light clothing and sun protection, and plan regular evenings at the beach to help you stay cool!
You may get a few rain showers in March, but the rest of the spring months up north will be fairly dry with low humidity.
In southern Oman, the Dhofar region, spring also brings an increase in temperatures, although this area stays more temperate. On average, daily high temperatures will be in the mid- to upper-80s. Low temperatures start in the 60s in March, but come close to 80 degrees F by June.
These months are dry in the south, and sometimes windy, so there’s a chance you may experience an Arabian dust storm. This can be quite thrilling to watch—provided you’re inside when it hits!
Summer – July through September
Oman is mostly desert, so it makes sense that the summers here are toasty warm! In the north, temperatures stay around 100 degrees F during the day and cool off to the upper-70s at night. Humidity hits 40% in July and then tapers off to around 25% by September.
July is the wettest month in Muscat, with an inch of rainfall on average. This can make certain outdoor activities a challenge, but it also allows visitors to see the normally dry wadis rushing with water and the ground covered with grass.
Down south, summer is an entirely different experience. Dhofar receives the Indian monsoons during these months, which transform the region into a cool, misty, green landscape more fitting to Ireland than the Arabian Peninsula. Temperatures during these months stay right around 80 degrees F, with nighttime temperatures just a few degrees cooler in the mid-70s.
Dhofar receives about three inches of precipitation during Khareef (the monsoons), which comes in the form of a heavy mist that cloaks the region. Expect lush, dripping foliage, a food bit of mud, and amazing springs and waterfalls. Tourists from many countries come to Dhofar to experience Khareef, so there are festivals and other activities this time of year as well.
Fall – October through December
This is probably the nicest weather you’ll find up north during the year. Temperatures gradually decrease throughout the fall. Daily highs are in the mid-60s in December with lows around 40 degrees F. Despite the chillier weather, the days are usually sunny.
Fall is generally dry in the north, with a rain shower or two possible in December. Humidity is also fairly low, starting around 20% in October and reaching 40% by December.
In the south, fall is a gentle season with temperatures staying pretty constant around the mid-80s and evenings in the upper-60s. The vibrant green landscapes of Khareef slowly turn golden brown as Dhofar dries out again. The humidity stays around 60%.
Winter – January through March
The winter weather in the north is comfortably crisp. You can expect high temperatures around 60 degrees F in January and gradually warming to the upper-70s by March. Lows can reach the upper 30s in the mountains during January and stay in the mid-50s by March.
Rain is possible during the winter, but only occasionally with lots of sunny days in between storms. The humidity levels will be in the 40%; January is the most humid month in Muscat.
Southern Oman has temperate winters with high temperatures in the 80s and lows in the 60s. It’s rare to get rain this time of year, although the occasional storm rolls through. Humidity stays pretty constant around 60%.
Winter tends to be windy in the south, which can stir up dust and occasional dust storms as well. If you want to explore the natural wonders of Dhofar in relative solitude, winter is the time to come!
In general, we suggest trips to Oman between the months of October through March. A trip to Dhofar in southern Oman during the months of July and August will allow you to experience the wonder of the Khareef for yourself.
Hopefully this gives you a bit more information about what time of year will suit your desires for a trip to Oman. If you have specific questions, contact one of our travel experts now. We live in Oman and are familiar with its best seasons throughout the year. We’d love to talk with you more!