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Kuwait - Climate and Weather

Kuwait is a relatively small country and the climate does not vary much. The winters are cooler than the summers, although it does tend to be fairly dry all year round. Rainfall is minimal and frost and snow only occur on a very rare occasion and if they do it will be in the north of the country.

Kuwait does have four defined seasons each year. Summer is very hot and dry and dust storms lasting for up to a week are not uncommon. Autumn occurs during October and November and temperatures can be half those of the summer months. These months will see rain storms and occasionally a hail storm will occur. Winter runs from December to the middle of March and the country will see several different weather types in winter, from just cloudy days to fog. Spring can also see thunderstorms and hail and temperatures begin to rise again as summer approaches.

Temperatures in Kuwait City average at around 25°C although temperatures as high as 45°C are common during the summer months. Winter temperatures can be as low as 8°C though can be as high as 19°C and will vary depending upon the region.

Rainfall averages at 8mm a month in Kuwait City, although only 18 days per year will get more than 0.1mm of rain. Most rain will fall during the winter months, although rainy days are few and far between. Thunderstorms are not uncommon as the summer turns to winter and when it does rain, it can be very heavy.

There is an average of 7 hours of sunlight during the winter months and up to 11 hours during the summer. The amount of strong sunshine means that loose cool clothing is essential in summer.

Winds that blow in from Iraq or Iran will bring cooler air with them and if hot winds blow in from the desert the temperatures can rise dramatically. Newcomers should also be aware that sandstorms happen several times a year and can last for days at a time.

Visitors should take appropriate precautions in the heat, both to protect the skin from sun burn and to protect the body from heatstroke. It can take a while to become acclimatised and great care should be taken until you have. There are no risks of hurricanes or other extreme weather, although mild earthquakes are becoming increasingly common. Major earth tremors are very rare.

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