June, July or August? Which is worse? Well…
In the UAE, the summer months tend to blend into one long sweaty blur.
There are ‘it’s too hot to have lunch outside’ months, and then there are ‘we can’t walk from our car to the office without having a mini meltdown’ days. At the moment it feels like we’re firmly entrenched in the latter period.
But which month is actually the hottest?
Well, the National Centre of Meteorology & Seismology (NCMS) has collected data at a weather station near Dubai International Airport for 41 years, from 1977 to 2018.
And the findings? Well, almost all of the temperature indicators peak in August, meaning overall that is the hottest month in Dubai.
It’s a minimal difference, but still, here is the 41 years of data broken down…
The mean temperature (over both daytime and night) is 33.3 degrees Celsius in June, 35.2 in July, 35.3 in August and then 33 in September.
The max temperature at the Dubai weather station was 47.9 degrees Celsius in June, 48.5 in July, 48.8 in August and 45.1 in September.
The max mean humidity is 76% in June, 74% in July, 73% in August and 79% in September (which explains why September can often feel just as oppressive, heat wise, as super-hot August).
Interestingly, solar radiation peaks in May and June, and then dips in July and again in August (but, of course, it’s still key to wear an SPF).
The hottest temperature recorded in the UAE
The NCMS take daily temperature recordings at their many weather stations across the UAE, and from these they discovered that the hottest temperature recorded in the UAE in July 2002, when the temperature was recorded at a toasty 52.1 degrees Celsius. Ouch.