Situated between white sandy beaches and the tall Hajar Mountains, the emirate of Dubai is a holiday hotspot for travellers from around the world. Although the Middle East is not often known for its tourism, the previous UK control and modern advancements have made Dubai more similar to western countries than other areas of the United Arab Emirates.
With its hot and dry desert climate, it’s never cold in Dubai, even approaching the winter months. October tends to be very warm and dry, with practically no precipitation and temperatures ranging from 22°C to 35°C.
The overall average temperature in October is a hot 29°C, so there’s nothing really to complain about. On the other hand, the hottest month of the year is usually July, where the average temperature is 35°C!
The month of October is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 37°C to 33°C over the course of the month, exceeding 39°C or dropping below 31°C only one day in ten. The lowest temperatures at this time of year range from 23°C to 26°C, falling below 20°C or exceeding 28°C only one day in ten. In recent years the highest temperature recorded in October was a blistering 42°C, whilst the coldest temperature recorded was 15°C.
The amount of sunshine hours stay around 10 hours, similar to August and September. However, over the course of October, the length of day is gradually decreasing. The shortest day of the month is October 31st with 11:12 hours of daylight, while the longest day of the month is October 1st with 11:54 hours of daylight.
The cloud cover throughout the year in Dubai is low. During October it is no different, the median cloud cover is a clear 3% and does not vary substantially over the course of the month. On October 16th, the sky is clear or mostly clear at least 76% of the time and only partly cloudy 4% of the time.
Precipitation at this time of year is extremely low. The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in any given day is only 2%, with little variation over the month. The wettest month of the year on average is February, which can receive up to 40mm of rainfall.
Humidity levels in October typically range from a comfortable 32% to a very humid 91%, rarely dropping below a dry 16% or reaching a very humid 100%. The air is usually driest around October 4th, at which time the relative humidity drops below a comfortable 41% three days out of four. On the other hand it is most humid around October 8th, where humidity levels can rise above 83% three days out of four!
Over the course of October the wind speeds vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s, which is considered as a light to moderate breeze, rarely exceeding 8 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s usually occurs around October 1st, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is a moderate 7 m/s. In Dubai the wind is most often coming from the south (16% of the time), or the west (15% of the time).
Even though winter is on the way the sea temperature is still very hot in October at 30°C, compared to January where sea temperature levels are at a warm 21°C. More info