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===Climate===
 
===Climate===
Located in the middle of the country, Riyadh suffers from the worst of Saudi Arabia's climatic extremes.  Summer temperatures regularly exceed 45°C, while winter temperatures can fall to just above zero.  It's bone dry throughout the year, and when the wind blows the city is often covered in a haze of sand.  However, while summers are blazing hot, they are not humid, which goes some way to alleviate the pain.  Summer evenings are generally tolerable and one even encounters the occasional cool breeze, especially on the outskirts of town.
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Located in the middle of the country, Riyadh suffers from the worst of Saudi Arabia's climatic extremes.  Summer temperatures regularly exceed 50°C, while winter temperatures can fall to just above zero.  It's bone dry throughout the year, and when the wind blows the city is often covered in a haze of sand.  However, while summers are blazing hot, they are not humid, which goes some way to alleviate the pain.  Summer evenings are generally tolerable and one even encounters the occasional cool breeze, especially on the outskirts of town.
  
 
Beware that in the last few years, the climate has been shifting in this part of the world as well. Temperatures near 50°C are usually only reached end of July and in August. In 2009, the temperature in Riyadh hit 48°C mid-June. Especially if you wear a business suit, it is imperative to stay out of the sun.
 
Beware that in the last few years, the climate has been shifting in this part of the world as well. Temperatures near 50°C are usually only reached end of July and in August. In 2009, the temperature in Riyadh hit 48°C mid-June. Especially if you wear a business suit, it is imperative to stay out of the sun.

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