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When should you visit very special and unique places in the world that touch you? Places with an atmosphere you can’t describe or where you even get overwhelmed with emotion.
When is the best time to visit! It depends on what you are wanting from your vacation. Whether you are looking for a sightseeing, sunbathing or shopping holiday, do not fear because Dubai has it all. A strong factor of deciding when to visit will be the weather, specifically the humidity and temperature, hotel prices and crowds.
Spring (March - April - May)
Best Time for Beach Fun!
- Hotel Rates: Medium - High
- Crowds: Medium - Low
Sightseeing: Still excellent in March. Otherwise not perfect, but good
Shopping: Great indoor and outdoor
Beach: Warm water and cool golden sand
This is a great season to visit Dubai because the weather is heating up but is not incredibly humid. It's bearable to be outside in the sun, even in May. It's a great time to head to the beach in April and May because the sea is a comfortable 26°C to 28°C and the sand won't burn your feet yet. In March it could still rain sometimes with a little cooler water temps around 23°C. However, it's very unlikely than rain will spoil your trip as the rainy days are few and far between. Also, in early spring nights get slightly chilly sometimes. While it is not hugely common, sandstorms can occur during March and April, but very rarely in May. As the season passes there are fewer tourists because temperatures often reach around 37°C by the end of May.
Summer (June - July - August)
Best for Budget Travellers!
- Hotel Rates: Lowest prices all year!
- Crowds: Low
- Sightseeing: Too hot for some tours. Evening desert tours are still good
- Shopping: Summer sales have started
- Beach: Too hot, except for early mornings or short late afternoon visits
Summer in Dubai is incredibly hot and very humid. Average high temperatures exceed 40°C. Is it still ok to visit? Yes, if you can tolerate heat or are used to it. For us, it was still great. For other visitors these conditions are a no-go. Full days at the beach or a visit after lunch is definitely a not something you should try. However, visiting the beach in the morning or in short bursts later in the afternoon is definitely possible. Destination experts suggest beach visits in the extreme summer months from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. and in the afternoon after 4 p.m. Otherwise stick to the hotel pool. But still, wear sandals or flip-flops at the beach any time to avoid burning your feet. It's also not a great idea to visit the beat during the extreme heat with younger children.
Due to the boiling heat there are fewer tourists than any other time of year, which is a major plus if you plan on visiting the cities sightseeing hot spots because the queues are short. Don't worry about the heat if you'd like to do late afternoon/evening desert tours: It's a little cooler in the desert, and vehicles are air conditioned as well. Also, hotel prices are low. If you have a strict budget this is your time to experience all that Dubai has to offer.
Autumn (September - October - November)
Best for Sightseeing Tourists!
- Hotel Rates: Medium - High
- Crowds: Medium
- Sightseeing: All tours are open
- Shopping: Still good for indoor and outdoor malls
- Beach: Still not very comfortable until mid-September. More fun in October and November
Although we included September in the autumn section here, you'll definitely experience summer temps until mid-September. Which means you are dealing with the same challenges as in the summer months in early September. Temps get more pleasant at the end of September. If you are looking for comfortable weather and smaller crowds as well, then the end of Autumn is the best time for you to visit. All tours are operating, meaning you don't need to miss out on anything. The only con is the hotel prices are increasing, so book well in advance. The beach is a common activity when the average high temperatures fall to 35°C - 31°C in October and November.
Winter (December - January - February)
Best for Shopaholics!
- Hotel Rates: Most expensive! February is the cheapest month in winter.
- Crowds: High
- Sightseeing: Places get crowded. Besides that, it's a good time for sightseeing
- Shopping: A great time for shopping!
- Beach: Not the best time for sunbathing or general beach fun but possible on certain days
The desert heat is at its weakest making it a pleasant time to be outside in the fresh Dubai air. Rain can also be expected, especially in February. However, it usually doesn't rain for days in Dubai. It's more like brief rain showers which can occur. Due to the colder temperatures, beach days are irregular, but some days can provide beach fun. The temperatures vary from 20-25°C. Sandstorms occur every now and then, so take appropriate precautions.
Is winter still a great time for being outside at the beach? Yes, especially in December. However, in January and February the weather becomes a little unpredictable. A lot of days are not sunny and very windy in both months. It really depends on someone's luck to get sunny days in a row for beach weather. Just keep in mind that the water temperature is too cold for most visitors. But still, some enjoy swimming regardless of the sea temp. What about the desert in winter? The desert is comparatively cooler on these months than the rest of the year.
Due to Dubai Shopping Festival this the best time to visit Dubai, if you are a shopper. The festivals take place in January and February. But don't forget about Christmas because the many extravagant and luxurious malls have amazing sales pre-Christmas. The most popular malls are the Mall of Emirates and The Outlet Village in Jebel Ali.
Time of Day (Safari Tour - Things to Do)
Morning Safari Tour
Morning desert safari tours start early in the morning around 8 am and offers a calming desert expedition. The serene drive to the outskirts of Dubai city takes about 45 minutes and the whole experience takes about 3 hours to complete. Morning Desert Safari is the best way to enjoy the desert in the mellowed sunshine and enjoy activities like dune bashing, camel riding and hot air ballooning in the desert. A sunrise desert safari offers an incredibly serene experience to witness the beauty of the Arabian Desert. This tour starts at pre-dawn where you can watch a tranquil sunrise on the desert horizon. The tour departs at 4.30 am and continues for approx. 4 hours.
Afternoon Safari Tour
Afternoon desert safaris are for the adventure junkies. Those who don't mind the sultry desert heat can have a great time enjoying adrenaline rushing sand sports. Gear up for an exhilarating day teeming with sand dune bashing, quad biking, sand boarding, and many more thrilling desert sports. The tour starts at 3 pm and extends for 6 hours where you wind up the tour with a scrumptious Arabian dinner and traditional entertainment.
Evening Safari Tour
For those who feel they cannot bear the stifling desert heat can forgo the adventure options and opt for evening tour which starts with a serene desert sunset view followed by a night filled with cultural activities. An evening tour offers you the scenic splendours of the Arabian Desert with quintessential Arabian hospitality and entertainment. A dinner in Desert tour lets you enjoy a blissful evening in Bedouin styled campsite. The tour starts at 4.00 pm and winds up in 5 hours. The overnight tour stretches your pleasant evening to an all-night experience filled with recreational activities, mild adventure sports, traditional folklore and fine dining experiences. An overnight desert tour starts at 4.00pm and ends the next day with drop off to the hotel.
The blowholes at Dolomite Point are best visited during high tide with the south westerly swell: Tide times Westport The Pancake Rocks are easily accessible and a popular destination also for tour buses. It's less crowded in the evening, and the sunset is spectacular.
Usually, the summer is pleasant and the winter mild. The day temps in summer are around 25°C/77°F, in spring and fall up to 17°C/63°F. A high amount of precipitation throughout the year on average each month more than 200 mm except February which is usually a little drier. Spring is the wettest season influenced by the winds from the Tasman Sea. The rain increases quickly closer to the mountains. A local saying “go deep, go steep, get wet”. Anyhow, some hikes include a river crossing, and it can be more difficult in spring due to heavy rainfall. Check conditions at the visitor center first.
Where to Stay (Nearby)
It's a year-round destination, even beautiful in winter! Best weather with pleasant temperatures from May to September. However, it gets busy in the peak summer months. During the winter months it's much quieter.
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
Season/Months: If you want to dodge the crowds, don't go in July/August and try to avoid weekends in general. The high season starts mid-June with many tourists visiting the place. It usually gets very crowded in the summer. Crowds are also attracted during Christmas and New Years celebrations. April/May and September/October are great months with a pretty good chance of nice weather and fewer tourists than in summer. Very quiet months (besides Christmas and New Years Eve) are November until February. It can get cold with snow, especially in January. However, winter is a great time to enjoy this place since it's super quiet.
Time of Day: If you visit in the summer, you can avoid the crowds by starting your activities early in the day. For example, visit the iconic Bled Castle first thing in the morning: It opens at 8 AM. It starts to get really crowded around 10 AM. The next morning you could rent a boat and row to Bled Island. Again, if you do this early, you'll dodge the crowds and enjoy a peaceful lake and island. Special tip: When it gets insanely crowded later in the day, wander around Lake Bled, and you'll find at least some spots of solitude. Another idea is to hike a strenuous or longer trail. Most visitors do the short walks only.
Everything you need to know before visiting Melbourne: 15 outstanding and unique activities in Melbourne written by a local as well as a complete season guide. Jump directly to the 15 THINGS TO DO, in case you're not interested in our monthly guide.
Our season/monthly guide: As one of the world’s great cities, Melbourne has plenty going on all year round, so there’s not really a bad time to visit the city. That said, there might be a few things to consider depending on when you’re visiting – so before we dive into the '15 Amazing Things to Do' here’s our guide to the seasons in Melbourne.
Summer (December - January - February)
- Pros: Warm, sunny weather that’s perfect for the beach or the many summer festivals
- Cons: It can get HOT, and also busy
For many people, a visit to Australia is synonymous with enjoying sun, surf and sand – so it’s no wonder that summer is peak tourist season in Melbourne. With blissfully warm temperatures and many great events, summer is a fantastic time to visit the city and especially enjoy attractions like St Kilda beach and the bustling night life. Summer is also cricket season, so it’s the perfect time to check out the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground.
That said, there are a couple of drawbacks about Melbourne in the summer. Firstly, it can get very hot: temperatures often hover around 30 degrees and even climb above 40 degrees sometimes – so be sure to be sun smart! Also, prices can be higher and accommodation options booked out, so it’s a good idea to plan your trip and book ahead.
Autumn (March - April - May)
- Pros: The climate is usually very pleasant, and there are lots of great festivals
- Cons: It can get a little colder the closer you get to winter
Fall can be a lovely time to visit Melbourne, when the climate is not too hot but not too cold, averaging around a maximum temperature of about 20 degrees. Plus, there are several exciting events that happen in autumn, such as the Melbourne Grand Prix and Melbourne Fashion Week, which both happen in March. The Botanic Gardens are also beautiful, as many trees turn to golden autumnal hues.
Autumn can still see some extreme weather events, where it be late heat waves or early cold snaps, so you may need to pack a wider variety of clothes to be ready for whatever the weather brings.
Winter (June - July - August)
- Pros: The quietest time to visit Melbourne, the city has a very cozy feel
- Cons: There isn’t that much rain in winter, but it’s cooler and sometimes foggy, which is not exactly beach weather
Winter is the quietest time for tourism in Melbourne, which means that there are fewer queues and more opportunities to truly live like a Melbournian. Plus, although it is winter, the city certainly doesn’t entirely hibernate! There are still lots of fun things to do, including lots of all-weather activities such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image or the SEALife Aquarium.
Of course, winter does mean the weather can be a bit gloomy, so make sure to pack a warm coat to keep you toasty warm since the average winter low temperature is 6 – 7 degrees. That said, the climate is rarely too cold in Melbourne and rain spells don’t tend to last, so even outdoor activities such as visiting St Kilda can be great fun in winter.
Spring (September - October - November)
Coop's Shot Tower in spring by Bernard Spragg
- Pros: The weather in Spring is glorious, yet the crowds aren’t quite as overwhelming.
- Cons: There aren’t many!
Spring is a wonderful season in Melbourne, where the weather is starting to warm up and so too is the social calendar. There are many great festivals, such as the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, and of course, the usual attractions such as catching a gig at the Tote or swinging by the Astor Theatre are great fun in the springtime. A particular highlight is a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens while all of the flowers are in bloom.
Although temperatures are usually pretty warm, with an average high in the low to mid-twenties, spring can still see late wintery weather, so we recommend chucking a coat in your bag, just in case!
Sweet spot months in Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) without the heavy summer crowds, open Trail Ridge Road and a good chance of nice weather are late May until early June or September after Labor Day (mid-week) until mid-October. However, snow is possible at both times. September is also great for wildlife because of the elk rutting season (peak mid-September to mid-October). In fall the air is clear and crisp and the skies are blue.
Highlight (Trail Ridge Road & Tour)
The stunning Trail Ridge Road is open from Memorial Day (last Monday in May) until mid-October. The official closing date is October 23, but they often close it a few days before that date. Even in June or September, it’s possible that it’s closed for hours or a day due to snow, often between 8 PM and 10 AM. Special Tour Tip (from Denver): If you're staying in Denver and would like to experience the Trail Ridge Road hassle free, we suggest the Rocky Mountain National Park Day Trip (booking via TripAdvisor & reviews). It's a 10 hour day tour which includes driving the amazing Trail Ridge Road as well as other mesmerizing parts of RMNP. The views you'll get to see on this trip are just spectacular. Visitors who did this day trip said, it was just awesome and that they saw a lot more than others. You'll start at Denver Union Station in the morning and return in the evening. They have the best guides and bus drivers you could get for the Rocky Mountains. (In case you need a hotel in Denver, check here: Denver Hotels)
Weather / Wildlife / Fall Colors
Regardless of the season: The higher into the mountains you go, the colder it gets. In general, RMNP is known for its extreme weather patterns which can change very quickly, as well as wide variations between day and nighttime temperatures. Find detailed weather data here: Climate Estes Park - Colorado
April - May (Spring): The weather is unpredictable: Up to 70°F (21°C) on one day and a temperature drop together with blizzards on the next day. It varies between warm and cold, wet and dry. Many trails are still snow-covered well into May, often even at the end of May. Snowfall is not uncommon. Temperature ranges between 70°F (21°C) and 60°F (16°C)
June - August (Summer): The most comfortable weather is from July to August: the temperature climbs up to 75°F (24°C). However, afternoon thunderstorms and wind are normal. Always prepare for temperature drops of 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that the highest elevation trails are snow covered well into June. Wildflowers are in bloom from late June to early August.
September - November (Fall): Usually a great time as well. September and October bring clear, crisp air, blue skies, and generally dry weather. However, early snow is already possible. Looking for fall foliage? Leaves start changing colors in late August at higher elevations, peak is around mid-September and the beautiful fall foliage lasts until October in most years at lower elevations. Early October is often still a good time for leaf peeping at lower elevations. At higher elevations it will be already gone then. Elk rutting season begins in September as well and continues through mid-October at least. Like in spring you need to be flexible, check the forecast and bring gear for various conditions.
November/December - March (Winter): Snow and arctic conditions. However, lower elevations on the east slope of Rocky Mountain National Park are usually free of deep snow. The west side of the park experiences more snow, less wind, and clear cold days during these months. Most high country overnight trips require gear suitable for freezing temperatures. Skiing and snowshoeing conditions are best in January, February, and March. There are lots of other exciting activities in Winter: Sledding at Hidden Valley, Winter Wildlife Viewing, Ice Climbing and more. Visit NPS Rocky Mountain Winter Activities and 20 Things To Do in the Winter.
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
With over 4 million visitors each year, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the most visited Parks in the U.S. Expect the most crowds in summer and fall. The busiest months are June until August, with heavy crowds in July/August. During the week it starts to thin out after Labor Day in September (first Monday in September), but not on weekends. Visiting mid-week in September means significantly fewer crowds as well as enjoying elk rutting and pleasant fall temperatures at the same time.
In general from July through September: Avoid weekends and/or go early in the morning to beat the crowds. In the peak months arrive between 7 and 8 AM to get a parking spot. Usually, it starts to get busier after 9 AM. Especially popular entrances like Estes Park or trailheads like Bear Lake Trail are extremely busy. In general, the west side (Grand Lake) is less crowded than the Eastern side (Estes Park Entrance). Regardless of the month, season or entrance: Go as early as possible, head out on a trail, hike a couple of miles from the busy areas and you won’t see too many others.
This is a free guide with tips you’ll love when visiting Death Valley National Park. The desert in Death Valley is one of the hottest places on our planet! Between May and September the temperatures reach extreme highs and exceed 115 °F (46 °C). The best time to visit depends on what you’re looking for. Read on for our detailed tips:
Spring (March - early May)
Zabriskie Point by Giuseppe Milo, CC BY
This is a very popular time for a visit with pleasant temperatures. On the other hand, spring also brings the most wind. The blowing sand, which may last for days, can make camping uncomfortable. A real attraction is the gorgeous spring wildflowers. However, it’s an exception to see whole the desert filled with all kinds of colorful wildflowers. In some years, there are only a few. Regarding crowds: Keep in mind that spring is also a busy season. It gets very busy during spring break holidays from the last week of March through the week after Easter. Make sure to book well in advance for a spring visit.
Summer (mid-May – September)
Death Valley (July) by Murray Foubister, CC BY-SA cropped
Summer arrives early in Death Valley. In May, the average daily high is already 100 °F (38 °C). June, July, August are even hotter (up to 120 °F), as well as September. At least it’s a dry heat with low humidity, which helps a little. The month of August and early September also bring thunderstorms, sometimes causing dangerous flash floods. Always check the weather forecast. Camping or hiking is not recommended during these months with boiling heat. Hikes during the day in lower elevations are dangerous and can become life threatening because of the extreme temperatures. If you do anything outside at lower elevations: Do it until 10 AM. However, there are two summer hikes at higher elevations which can be done: Wildrose Peak and Telescope Peak. Most visitors tour by car on the paved road along the main Points of Interest. Despite the heat, July, and August are the months with the highest visitation from Europe and other continents. However, almost all of them stay in their car for a short tour between 2 hours and half a day or a little more, while stopping at the main viewpoints. Also read the 9 Summer Tips in the section below.
Autumn (October – November)
Death Valley - Badwater Basin (October) by Paxson Woelber, CC BY cropped
Warm but more pleasant temperatures and usually clear skies. You may hike at lower elevations now. But still, start early to avoid the possible midday heat. Ranger programs and camping season begins in October. It’s relatively uncrowded, except for the Death Valley ‘49ers Week and Thanksgiving (both in November).
Winter (December - February)
Death Valley National Park (December) by Rob Rattray, CC BY cropped
Temperatures drop, but it never gets cold in the winter except at higher elevations. However, since it's cooler in the mornings, we suggest that you bring an extra jacket. There is less daylight in Death Valley now, but it usually lasts long enough: Sunset - Sunrise. Employees and park rangers say, the winter months of January and February are among the best months weather-wise. January and February bring the most rain, but it usually doesn’t rain heavily. Soaking rain, going for hours, can happen but it’s the exception. Winters also bring snow to the higher elevations and coat Telescope Peak (Panamint Mountains) in white. December, January and most of February are quieter months. Except for public holidays/holiday weekends (see below: Avoiding Tourist Crowds).
A very helpful weather and climate overview can be downloaded here: Death Valley | NPS | Weather & Climate. Rule of thumb for strenuous and longer outside activities: During summer, stay at higher elevations. During winter: Longer activities at lower elevations are possible. Bring layer of clothes for higher elevations.
Highlight (Blooming Wildflowers)
Depending on the winter rain, it can be a great year for wildflowers or a moderate one with less blooming flowers. Check the official website: NPS Death Valley - Wildflowers. Another great website with updates and photos for each year: Death Valley NP Wildflower Reports
Peak Blooming Periods:
- Mid-February - Mid April: Lower elevations (Areas: Jubilee Pass, Highway 190 near the Furnace Creek Inn, base of Daylight Pass)
- Early April - Early May: 2000 to 4000 ft. Elevations (Area: Panamint Mountains)
- Early May - Mid July: Above 4000 ft. Elevations (Area: High Panamints)
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
The busiest times are: Spring (March/April) - even busier from the last week of March till the week after Easter - and summer from July to August (mostly visitors from Europe and other countries), as well as September. According to a park ranger, the least crowded months are December and January. However, even during low season, it gets busy on certain days: From Christmas to New Year's, on Martin Luther King Day weekend in January, and Presidents' Day weekend in February.
To avoid the crowds at the main points of interest during peak months: We know it’s a challenge, but get up very early and try to reach most destinations around 8 AM, at least before 9 AM. It’s worth it, as you’ll dodge the crowds at beautiful places like Zabriskie Point, Badwater Basin, Devil’s Golf Course, etc. In the summer, you’ll not only beat the crowds but the boiling heat as well. On a single morning, you could cover the quick 2-hour tour: Badwater | Zabriskie | Devils Course - Google Maps