Weather in Oman is typically hot with generally very little rainfall, characteristic of places where the desert largely forms part of the geography. In the capital Muscat, average yearly rainfall is only 3.9 inches. This little amount of rain tends to fall mostly in the winter months, particularly January. In the south, the Dhofar region catches the southeast monsoon passing from the vast Indian Ocean. This microclimate is called the Khareef. It makes the region lush, wet, green, and tropical during the months of June through September, a very big contrast to the rest of the region.
It can get very warm to downright scorching in many parts of this dry, desert country. The hot season begins around May and continues through September. The temperature averages during this time range from 97°F to 104°F, sometimes even reaching up to 122°F. The winter months are comfortably warm in the day, becoming cool at night. January temperature averages range from 63°F to 81°F.
Best Time to Visit Oman
The best time to visit Oman is during the winter months. Most of the rains in the country do tend to fall during this time of the year. However, rainfall is very low, assuring visitors a pleasant stay. Between October and April, the temperature during the day is bearable, while things tend to cool down at night. Prices tend to go up during this time of the year as tourists from colder countries head down to Oman to experience the country’s moderate winter climate.