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At Tawilah, Yemen. Author Bernard Gagnon. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
At Tawilah, Yemen. Author Bernard Gagnon

Yemen climate: when to go to Yemen

Climate of Yemen varies depending of the height, the country can be divided into three climatic zones: the coastline along the Red Sea, the Tihama, hot and humid; the central highlands; and the Wadi Hadramawt in the eastern part of the country with the Far North.

The southern coastal zone and Tihama are humid all year round and very hot, but with low rainfall, which occur twice a year between March and April and between July and September. The average maximum temperatures are 28°C in winter and 37°C in summer. Precipitation is very low, with an annual average of 130 mm.

The central highlands are hot in summer but in winter, between October and March, the nights can be very cold, with frequent frosts. The climate of Yemeni highlands is considered the best climate of the Arabian Peninsula. In the capital Sana’a highest average temperatures vary between 25°C in winter and 30°C in summer. The rains occur twice a year between March and May and between July and September. The average rainfall increases with height, the lower part of the highlands receives between 400 and 500 mm of rain a year, while in higher areas will exceed 750 mm of rain a year.

Qlinsia, Socotra, Yemen. Author Email4mobile. No Copyright

Qlinsia, Socotra, Yemen. Author Email4mobile. No Copyright

The far north regions and that of Wadi Hadramawt in the eastern part of the country, are very hot, especially between June and September, and very dry, with average maximum temperatures of 25°C in December and 37°C in June.

WHEN TO GO TO YEMEN

The best time for a trip in Yemen are the months between September and October and between April and May.

Climate of Socotra.

YEMEN CLIMATIC TABLES

SANA’A (2250 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 3,0 22,3 5  2
February 3,6 24,7 5  3
March 7,0 25,6 17  4
April 8,5 24,8 48  5
May 10,4 25,7 29  5
June 10,5 28,2 6  4
July 13,4 26,6 50  4
August 13,3 25,9 77  5
September 10,6 23,1 13  3
October 7,9 22,2 2  3
November 5,5 20,3 8  2
December 4,4 20,5 5  1
YEAR 8,2 24,3 265  41

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