Kuwait’s climate is arid desert, with intensely hot summers; cool, short winters and a warm, pleasant spring with few thunderstorms. Winter brings cold northwesterly winds, with summer seeing hot air streams from the same direction. The weather in July and August is influenced by hot, humid southeasterly winds, and spring and early summer see hot, dry southerly gusts. The dreaded shamal blows during June and July, causing dramatic sandstorms which blanket the city and force its residents indoors.

July and August are the hottest months, with daytime highs peaking at 130°F and averaging around 110°F. December and January have the coolest weather, around 45°F with daytime highs of 65°F, but occasionally dropping below freezing at night outside the cities. April and May are pleasant, with daytime temps of 75°F and cooler evenings, as are September and October. December and January see an average of two inches of rain over the two-month period, with very little falling the rest of the year.

Best Time to Visit Kuwait

The best time to visit Kuwait is either in winter or in the shoulder seasons, avoiding the searing heat of summer and its dangers of dehydration and severe sunburn. From October to May, the seas are beautifully warm and suitable for swimming and water sports and the nights are cool and pleasant. Outdoor sports and sightseeing are best enjoyed during this period although it’s unlikely you’ll find any accommodation or flight deals. Cheaper rates can be found in June and high summer, but spend most of your time indoors to avoid sandstorms and excessive heat.