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The climate of Yemen
Yemen is a country situated in the south-west of the Arabian peninsula and politically belongs to the region of the Middle-East. In the greater part of Yemen prevails a hot desert climate with hot to very hot summers, warm winters and little precipitation. In the western mountain region prevails a warm steppe climate in which the temperatures climb less than elsewhere in Yemen and there are considerably larger amounts of precipitation which can rise to more than five hundred millimeters per year. Thanks to the rain, which mainly falls within two monsoon periods (March-April is the small monsoon, July-September is the large monsoon), agriculture is possible in the otherwise desert-like country of Yemen.


Climate information of places and areas in Yemen
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Yemen the following climate information is available:

Al Ghaydah
Al Mukalla

Hot summers
The summer months in Yemen are hot to very hot. Temperatures of thirty to forty degrees during the daytime are normal. The only place where the temperature is tempered somewhat are the mountainous areas. The capital of Sanaa is relatively mild with a moderate maximum of 29 degrees centigrade in the hottest months of June and July. Along the coastal areas, particularly in the south-west, besides the high temperatures also prevails a high relative air humidity. Due to this it feels sultry in the height of summer, as a result of which it quickly gets unpleasant in these hottest months.

The coastal strip along the Red Sea and on the Gulf of Aden is desert-like, dry and hot. This region, called Tihama, is the hottest area in Yemen. In the summer the average maximum temperature is approximately 37 degrees centigrade, in the winter months the temperature in the daytime is still almost or about thirty degrees and also at night it does not cool down any further than about 22-23 degrees. With these temperatures in the Tihama plain prevails a course of temperature that would perfectly fit within a tropical climate. The amounts of precipitation are small to such an extent that it is a question of an aride desert climate.


Climate figures
Scattered over Yemen you find different climate data and temperatures. The data in the table below go for the capital of Sanaa and cannot be considered an average for the country. Visit the individual climate information pages for the climate data of other places in Yemen.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 22 6 8 3 n/a
February 23 8 8 3 n/a
March 25 10 8 5 n/a
April 26 12 9 7 n/a
May 27 13 9 8 n/a
June 29 15 8 6 n/a
July 29 16 6 4 n/a
August 28 15 7 6 n/a
September 28 13 8 4 n/a
October 24 9 9 3 n/a
November 22 6 9 3 n/a
December 22 5 8 3 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-2 inches ● = 2-12 inches ● = 12-24 inches ● = 25-40 inches ● = 41-80 inches ● = over 80 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The figures below are for the capital Tripoli. For climate figures for other places and regions in Yemen please, visit the individual climate pages.

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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