What to expect when visiting Dubai in February
Dubai’s average day time maximum temperature in February is 25.6c/78F.
Dubai’s mild winter does not last long and by month-end temperatures very much start shifting from mild to warm, albeit you can also potentially experience rain and thunderstorms on an odd day.
February has historically ranged from average minimum temperatures of 15.6c/60F overnight, through to some extreme highs of 37.5c/99F.
The average temperature is 20.5c/F – for most, you will still want a warmer layer of clothing.
Dubai Sea Temperature in February
In February you should expect sea temperatures on average of 22.4/72.3F (Maximum sea temperatures are expected of 23.5c/73.4F through to a minimum 21.3c/71.2F).
It is the coldest time of the year in the water, so most hotels will have pool heaters on and you may feel a bit too cool for a dip in the ocean. Many water parks and hotels use this time of year for annual swimming pool maintenance. If this is an important part of your trip to Dubai, do check ahead for planned closures.
Other weather patterns that are common in Dubai in February
Fog is still a common occurrence in February as the air temperatures are cool and the atmosphere is clear, condensation forms resulting in low lying fog, which normally burns off by mid-morning, though can take longer inland and into the desert.
The fog can make for some magical photos in amongst the highrises of Dubai (The Burj Khalifa morning sessions At The Top are popular for this reason!), but can also cause traffic chaos.
Fog can also be followed by dust, blown in by winds from the south and the Empty Quarter. A “perfect storm” can result in a fine layer of dust forming which then becomes muddy as the night fog rolls in again the following day! It can be a losing battle keeping things clean this time of year!
It’s not unusual to experience winter rain showers too in February – 22mm falls in February on average. Packing an umbrella is probably an unnecessary extra item of luggage. If you’re unfortunate enough to be caught in the rain you may be able to borrow one from your hotel, sit it out to the rain stops or buy one!
Both fog and rainstorms can cause havoc with transport and the airport, do bear in mind what impact this might have on your onward travel. Though it’s rare, major airport disruptions can occur at DXB because of the winter weather – as mild as it might seem.
Information sourced from the National Centre of Meteorology climate report 2003-2018 for Dubai International Airport.
What should I pack for February in Dubai?
It’s probably going to be cool enough that you will want some longer trousers and jeans, and a sweater or pullover in the evenings, particularly if you are headed into the desert. Buildings inside can be heavily airconditioned year-round.
Day times, like any time of year in Dubai in the direct sun you will want hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.
You can read more about what to pack in February for Dubai here.
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