The best times to visit Riyadh for ideal weather are
October 29th to April 1st
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Riyadh Travel Guide
Weather in Riyadh
Average temperatures in Riyadh vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 56th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Riyadh, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 112.4°F (44.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 88.2°F (31.2°C) at night.
Riyadh Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Riyadh Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Riyadh Perceived Temperature (F)
Riyadh Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Riyadh Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Riyadh are August, September, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid April with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of April 9th.
When can you find snow in Riyadh? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Riyadh.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Riyadh (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Riyadh has no months that would be considered humid, with some extremely dry months. The least humid month is June (6.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (31.9%).
Wind in Riyadh is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by June and February. April’s average wind speed of around 8.1 knots (9.3 MPH or 15 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 16.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Riyadh.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||6.5||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.4||Gentle breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.3||Gentle breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Apr||8.1||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|May||7.2||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7.5||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.4||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.6||Light breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Sep||5.8||Light breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Oct||5.4||Light breeze||10.9||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.7||Light breeze||10.6||Significant breeze|
|Dec||5.5||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Riyadh?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Nov 23, 2018 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Saudi Arabia; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia is November, followed by June and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Riyadh in May. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Riyadh Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 108.5°F (42.5°C) and 79.9°F (26.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are extremely hot. These months see moderate precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Riyadh, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 108.2°F (42.3°C) and 74.4°F (23.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Riyadh to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 79.9°F (26.6°C) and 64.9°F (18.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.