ASK TOM: What is the weather like in Yemen?

Dear Tom, 

I’ve been reading Nelson DeMille’s latest book, “The Panther,”  which takes place in Yemen. What is the weather like there?

— Jerry Haskins


Dear Jerry,

Yemen, on the south end of the Arabian Peninsula,  is basically hot and dry, but the weather varies with elevation.

The coasts, which border the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, are hot and very humid but with little rainfall. The north, which borders Saudi Arabia, is also extremely hot and dry. Summer temperatures frequently top 100 and can reach 130.

A hot, dusty wind called the shamal blows in spring and summer, producing blinding  sandstorms. Winters are a bit cooler, with highs in the 80s.

The weather is cooler and rainier in Yemen’s  highlands,  where highs range from 70s in summer to 50s in winter, when nights can turn frosty.