Kuwait - Climate
Kuwait’s arid subtropical climate ranges from extremely hot and dry conditions during the summers months between May - October, with temperatures peaking at up to 56 ºC to pleasant winter days with very cold nights averaging 8 °C between November – April.
Rainfall varies from 2 to 23 cm (1 - 9 inches) per year and tends to fall during the winter. Due to poor drainage numerous areas throughout the country are prone to flooding, including the major expressways.
Humidity does occur for short periods and sandstorms generally take place between March and August. The ‘Shamal’ (north) wind is one that blows from Iraq. It tends to be at its fiercest during summer afternoons, blowing hot gusts which increase the temperature dramatically. The pale blue sky takes on a dusty hue and the wind can last for days.
Medical problems in children that may be more common in the heat are impetigo (school sores) which requires treatment with antibiotics, head lice infestations, and diarrhoea which should be treated initially by oral rehydration. Ear infections are common in children who swim in a pool every day. Fungal or bacterial infection of the ear canal are also common and may require treatment by ear drops prescribed by a doctor.
Cotton clothing is recommended during the summer months and thick wool jumpers and cardigans are required for winter nights.
Adjusting to the hot climate and the consequent air-conditioning may take weeks or months. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, particularly during the summer months and drink plenty of fluids. Choose early morning or late afternoon for outdoor exercise.