Oman may not be the first country to come to mind when choosing a holiday destination, but it could surprise you. When planning a trip to Oman, be sure to plan your travel dates wisely. Certain weather conditions may be unsuitable for your travel purpose. You can read more about its climate, the best period to travel, and how to apply for an Oman visa.
Climate in Oman
Oman has, for the most part, a subtropical climate with extraordinarily hot summers and warm winters. It has to deal with strong trade winds and monsoons. Winters in Oman are fairly shorter than summers. In comparison to the mainland, however, are temperatures by the coast a little lower. An exception to this rule is the capital of Muscat, where the weather is warmer and more damp due to its position on the northern coast. Throughout the entire year, there is very little precipitation in Oman. Now and then, the country is struck by tropical storms and strong winds.
In the Hadjar mountains, temperatures lie significantly lower, and humidity is higher than elsewhere in the country. This area has a mountain climate with more chilly winters. There is also more, and heavier precipitation than in the lowlands.
In Oman, the rain season runs from June until September and is most prominent around the region of Salah in the Dhofar mountains. At this time, monsoon Chari will arrive from Southeast Asia, drastically changing the weather conditions and causing natural wonders in the area. During the day, temperatures will lower to 20 degrees, which is a huge difference to the rest of the country. Monsoon rains wake up all the plants on the landscape, as they start to bloom. This natural phenomenon yearly attracts many onlookers from Oman’s neighbouring countries.
Best travel time for Oman
Due to its geographical location, temperatures are always pressingly hot. Especially during the months of summer, when they can rise above 40 degrees. For Europeans, accustomed to a milder climate, it can be hard to handle. The humidity is high, which do give the temperatures a pleasant feel, together with the minimum difference in temperatures between night and day. With 35 degrees during the day, the night will only cool off to 31 degrees. In the mountains and deserts, however, temperature difference are greater between night and day, sometimes up to 10 degrees of difference.
Because of the exceptionally warm summer months, it is best to travel to Oman between November and March. In this period, temperatures usually stay just below 30 degrees, and very pleasant at night with around 23 degrees. The best time to travel to the Hadjar mountains is slightly different. If you wish to go hiking in the Hadjar mountains, it is best to do so in summer. The temperatures are then far more moderate here, than in the lowlands. You should, however, keep in mind that night temperatures can drop significantly, and there is a higher chance of rain.
Apply for your Oman visa
Do not forget to apply for your Oman visa before travelling to this Middle-eastern pearl. Since 2018, it is no longer possible to apply for a visa on arrival in Oman, and you are required to apply for an e-visa before departure. This means that there is no need to visit the embassy of Oman. The costs of the Oman visa depend on the kind of visa you apply for. A single entry visa with a maximum duration of stay of 10 days, costs £44.95 and a single entry visa with a maximum duration of stay of 30 days, costs £84.95 . Keep in mind that you must have already booked a hotel return flight ticket because you may be asked about this information at the airport. Take this well into account when applying for your visa.