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The climate of Basra (Iraq)
Basra is located in the southeastern part of Iraq on the banks of the Shatt al-Arab River in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf. Basra is located in the Basra province of which it also is the capital. Basra has a population of about 2 million, making it the second largest city in the country. The main source of income for Basra is the oil industry. The largest oil fields in the country can be found in the vicinity of Basra. The beautiful old city center has almost completely been preserved. According to the 1001 Arabian Nights Basra is home to Sinbad the sailor, who, restless for travel and adventure, set sail from Basra. An island situated in the Shatt al-Arab River was named after Sinbad and is a large tourist attraction nowadays. Basra has a warm desert climate. however, because of its situation in the vicinity of the Persian Gulf precipitation figures here are higher than you would expect. The Persian Gulf has too little influence on the climate to cause a cooling effect. Especially during the summer temperatures are extremely high. During the hottest part of the day temperatures may easily rise above 50 degrees Celsius. Winters are mild, subzero temperatures are uncommon during the winter.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Basra.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 18 7 6 7 n/a
February 21 9 7 5 n/a
March 26 13 7 5 n/a
April 31 18 8 4 n/a
May 38 24 9 2 n/a
June 41 26 11 0 n/a
July 43 28 11 0 n/a
August 43 26 10 0 n/a
September 41 24 10 0 n/a
October 36 19 9 2 n/a
November 27 13 7 4 n/a
December 20 8 6 6 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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