The climate of the small archipelago of Bahrain is desert, mild in winter and very hot in summer.
Basically, there are two main seasons: a cooler season from December to February and a hot season from April to October, within which we can distinguish a very hot period from May to mid-October. March and November are transitional months, warm but without excesses.
Owing to the influence of sea, the temperature range between night and day is low, and the humidity is high, except when the winds blow from the interior of Arabia.
In winter, from December to February, temperatures are usually pleasant. The sun often shines, and the rains are scarce and sporadic. At times, when the wind blows from the south, there can be even warm days, with peaks around 30 °C (86 °F), though it rarely happens.
Sometimes, especially in January and February, cold air masses from the north can bring some cool and windy days, during which the temperature can drop to around 10 °C (50 °F) at night and remain around 15 °C (59 °F) at midday.
Summer in Bahrain is very hot and sunny, with highs around 34/36 °C (93/97 °F) in May and October and around 38/40 °C (100/104 °F) from June to September; lows are around 29/32 °C (84/90 °F) from June to September, and the humidity from the Persian Gulf makes the heat hard to bear. Moisture gradually increases over the summer, so August and September are the months with the worst combination of humidity and temperature. However, hotels, offices and restaurants are equipped with air conditioning.
Here are the average temperatures of the capital, Manama.
Manama - Average temperatures
Min (°C)141618232730313229262217
Max (°C)212226313639404038342823
Min (°F)576164738186889084797263
Max (°F)7072798897102104104100938273

The prevailing wind in Bahrain is the Shamal, which is moist and blows from the north-west, more frequently in the summer months. Another wind, hot and dry, the Qaws, can blow throughout the year, but preferably in spring; it blows from the south and it's able to raise the temperature to about 30 °C (86 °F) in winter and to about 40 °C (104 °F) and above from April to October, while drastically lowering relative humidity; it is also able to raise dust and sand storms.
As mentioned, the climate in Bahrain is desert, in fact, just 70 millimeters (2.8 inches) of rain fall per year. Most of the rains occur in the winter months, however, they are irregular, and occasionally, there can be some intense rainfalls in winter, which, being concentrated in a few hours, can cause flash floods. Here is the average precipitation.
Manama - Average precipitation

In Bahrain, unlike in other Arab states of the Persian Gulf, there are ancient springs of fresh water, though nowadays, more than half of the fresh water consumed is obtained by seawater desalination here as well.


In Bahrain, the sun shines all year round, however, cloud banks can sometimes affect this area even in summer. Here are the average sunshine hours per day in Manama.
Manama - Sunshine

The sea in Bahrain is definitely warm in summer, since it exceeds 30 °C (86 °F) for a few months (in fact, in this season, the Persian Gulf is the warmest sea in the world), while it is cool only from January to March, when it drops to 20/21 °C (68/70 °F).
Manama - Sea temperature
Temp (°C)212020232730323333312724
Temp (°F)706868738186909191888175

Best Time

The best time to visit Bahrain goes from mid-November to mid-March in order to avoid the summer heat. Between December and February, the weather is generally mild and pleasant, but you must put into account some cool days, especially in January and February, a bit of cold at night, and even some rain. In November, the weather is still hot, but not excessively so, in fact, highs are around 28 °C (82 °F), while in March, they are around 26 °C (79 °F).

What to pack

In winter: bring light clothes for the day, a sweater and a jacket for the evening and for cool days, and a scarf for the wind.
In summer: bring lightweight clothes, loose-fitting and made of natural fabric (cotton or linen), a desert turban, a sweatshirt and a scarf for air-conditioned places. When going to the reef, you can bring snorkeling equipment, including water shoes or rubber-soled shoes.
It's better for women to avoid shorts and miniskirts outside tourist resorts.