Tiny Bahrain consists of one large island and a number of smaller ones lying off the coast of Saudi Arabia and west of the Qatar peninsula. Its weather and climate are similar to that of the Gulf coast of Arabia but are somewhat modified by Bahrain's insular nature. Humidity is high throughout the year except when hot, dry winds blow off the mainland. The high temperatures between April and October are rendered particularly uncomfortable by the humidity.
Annual rainfall is low and mainly falls between November and March. Winter temperatures are mild and only rarely, when cold northerly winds blow from Iran, chilly. During the hottest weather in summer there is some danger of heat exhaustion or heatstroke, particularly for visitors not yet acclimatized. For more detail see the description for Saudi Arabia.
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