OM - Oman

When to go:

December and the winter months in general are the best time for a visit to Oman, since the country’s latitude is almost entirely included in the tropical belt. The atmospheric precipitations are therefore negligible and the strongly recommended period to visit the country goes from mid-October to the first week of March precisely in the period of very few rains and less intense sun.

In summer the thermometer stands at extremely high values ​​with an arid tropical climate. To make matters worse, a warm wind, called Gharbi, comes from the desert. In the period from May to September in the innermost desert areas there is a torrid heat (over 45 ° C) tending to sultry as one approaches the coast due to the accentuated evaporation of sea water and the absence of rains that dilute, as happens for example in Muscat. Here, average maximum temperatures of 35/40 ° C are contemplated but the perceived temperature can reach and sometimes exceed 60 ° C during some periods.

Although cyclones are rare in the area, in June 2007 the cyclone Gonu hit the southern coast of the country with its exceptional flow.

The average annual rainfall in Muscat is around 100 mm, which mostly falls in January. The Dhofar Governorate is subject to the south-western monsoon with a significantly higher rainfall from the end of June to October, in conjunction with the rainy season.

While mountain areas receive more abundant rain, some parts of the coast, particularly on the island of Maṣīra, do not receive rain at all over the course of a whole year.

Omani hotels charge high season rates in the winter. In the summer, prices drop dramatically with the sole exception of the seaside resort of Salalah in the far south of the country.

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