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Best time to visit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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The best time to visit Riyadh is October-March

Riyadh can be visited year-round, but based on the ideal climate conditions, cost of travel, and avoiding peak holiday periods, October-March is the best time to go.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 44℃ (111℉). The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as 8℃ (46℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Riyadh, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Riyadh in April. Head over there in July instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Below you’ll find loads more detailed information about when to visit Riyadh, including a monthly climate breakdown, what to pack, and loads of tools and recommendations to help you find flights and accommodation to suit your budget.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

July

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Riyadh seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Riyadh as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Riyadh is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Riyadh

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Riyadh for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Riyadh climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Riyadh for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JUL
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SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Riyadh in January

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 36%
  • Average sunny days: 29 days
  • Average rainfall: 4mm (0") over 1 days
29 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in January, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Riyadh in February

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 29%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 5mm (0") over 2 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Riyadh in March

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 26%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 7mm (0") over 6 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in March, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Riyadh in April

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (90℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 24%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 17mm (1") over 8 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Riyadh in May

  • Average temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average high temperature: 38℃ (100℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 17%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 7mm (0") over 4 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in May, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Riyadh in June

  • Average temperature: 35℃ (96℉)
  • Average high temperature: 41℃ (106℉)
  • Average low temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average humidity: 10%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 0 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in June, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Riyadh in July

  • Average temperature: 36℃ (98℉)
  • Average high temperature: 43℃ (109℉)
  • Average low temperature: 30℃ (85℉)
  • Average humidity: 11%
  • Average sunny days: 31 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 0 days
31 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in July, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Riyadh in August

  • Average temperature: 36℃ (97℉)
  • Average high temperature: 42℃ (108℉)
  • Average low temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average humidity: 12%
  • Average sunny days: 31 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 0 days
31 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in August, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.


Riyadh in September

  • Average temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average high temperature: 39℃ (103℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 14%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 0mm (0") over 0 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in September, make sure you pack t-shirts, shorts and sun protection.

Riyadh in October

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (93℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 20%
  • Average sunny days: 30 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 0 days
30 days
of pure sunshine
0 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Riyadh in November

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 37%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 10mm (0") over 4 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in November, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Riyadh in December

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average humidity: 39%
  • Average sunny days: 28 days
  • Average rainfall: 4mm (0") over 3 days
28 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Riyadh in December, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Riyadh is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 43℃ (109℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Riyadh is generally around July. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in July first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Riyadh is generally around April, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of April too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Riyadh, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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