Kuwait is one of the largest of the smaller states of the Arabian peninsula. It is a low-lying desert country where the annual average rainfall is 125 mm (5"). Most rain falls between November and March and there are very few rainy days.
Winter temperatures are mild and only very occasionally does it feel cold when northerly or north-westerly winds bring cold air from the north. Summers are uniformly hot and temperatures can get very high when hot winds blow from the heart of Arabia. In the hottest month (August) average daily maximum temperatures reach 40 °C (104 °F). An extreme value of 48 °C (119 °F) was recorded on a July day.
Coastal temperatures are a little lower than inland, but the heat is rendered even more uncomfortable by the high humidity. Another unpleasant feature of Kuwait's weather is the occasional sandstorm when strong winds blow from the interior. As in other parts of Arabia there is danger of heat exhaustion or heat-stroke during the hottest weather and visitors should take sensible precautions until they have become acclimatised.
Last updated: 17 December 2013