Tides and Currents
The average tidal range is 1.4 m (4'06").
The currents along the coast of Sharjah have a predominantly counter
clockwise circulation throughout the year and are generally weak.
The strongest current is usually observed in January (0.46 to 0.8 knots)
and in April (0.6-1.7 knots).
Wind and Sea
The winds in the southern part of the Persian Gulf are usually light and
generally blow from the western quadrant most of the year but are
occasionally interrupted by winds from varying directions. The visibility
along the Sharjah coastline generally good but from June to September the
Shama blows over the Persian Gulf area and frequently produces rough seas
and stirs up dust clouds which can affect visibility at sea.
The cold fronts which move down the Persian Gulf from November to April
frequently cause a north or northwest wind of 20 knots or more along the
Sharjah coastline with accompanying swells.
High waves generally do not occur along Sharjah coastline since the winds
are usually light in the vicinity of the coastline. On those occasions when
the wind does become strong, the wave heights generally remain somewhat
limited since the distance over which the wind can blow to generate waves
is somewhat short from most directions due to the bend in the Gulf which
tends to reduce the fetch of north winds at Sharjah. Waves over 8 ft. occur
0.2 per cent of the time.
of north winds at Sharjah. Waves over 8 ft. occur 0.2 per cent of the time.
Annual mean rainfall 4.2 inches
Lowest mean daily minimum 55 deg. F
Highest mean daily maximum air temperature 102 deg. F
Lowest average monthly sea surface temp. 72 deg. F
Highest average monthly sea surface temp. 90 deg. F
Average monthly sea surface temp. 90 deg. F