If you are trying to work out the best time to visit Egypt, the advice in this travel post will help you plan the perfect trip.
Egypt is a popular destination steeped in history and culture with some of the world’s most iconic ancient wonders. However, you don’t want to be wandering around the Abu Simbel temples or the Valley of the Kings in the sweltering heat. It’s just no fun.
But whether you dream of a Nile River cruise, exploring the Giza pyramids, or simply soaking up the sun in one of the Red Sea resorts, there’s a perfect time to experience it all, and you will find that information in this Egypt weather guide.
So, grab your sun hat and let’s dive into the best time to visit Egypt.
My Favourite Time of Year to Visit Egypt
I have visited Egypt three times so far and will no doubt return in the future. I travelled to Sharm el-Sheikh in April and October to make the most of beach time, snorkelling and scuba diving, and the weather was fabulous. My last visit to Hurghada and Luxor was also in the peak tourist season of April.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t as warm as is customary, and while my holiday coincided with the time when the annual scirocco hot winds and sand storms can arrive, I encountered the opposite. We had cold winds and sat on our sun loungers wearing hoodies. It is hard to believe it’s not always hot in Egypt, but it is another sign of climate change (according to the staff in our resort).
I took a 2-day tour from Hurghada to Luxor to see the temples and tombs, and the temperature was warmer than at the coast. However, in my photos, you can see me wearing a denim jacket because I am always cold no matter where I am, even in places like Dubai and the Abu Dhabi Desert!
Walking around the temples in Luxor and visiting the Valley of the Kings was very pleasant, but I kept my hoodie on as the tombs were a little chilly. And while visiting the Pharoah’s tombs in April was busy, we could still take lots of photographs (yes, it is allowed without a flash) and spend time immersing ourselves in thousands of years worth of history without feeling rushed.
Egypt Weather Chart
|January to March||20°C||25°C|
|March to April||20°C||35°C|
|April to May||25°C||35°C|
|June to August||35°C||45°C|
|September to October||45°C||30°C|
|October to November||30°C||20°C|
|December to January||15°C||20°C|
Weather in Egypt from October to April: The Best Months to Visit
If you’re looking for the optimal time to visit Egypt, you’ll want to plan your trip during the cooler months, from October to April. During this popular time of the year, Egypt enjoys sunny days with milder temperatures, making outdoor exploration of the historic sites much more comfortable.
Egypt Weather Overview
- October to November: This is considered the shoulder season, with temperatures in October ranging from 30°C (90°F) and dropping to 20°C (70°F) in November. It’s ideal for sightseeing, as the summer heat has subsided, but it’s not too cold to enjoy the outdoors.
- December to January: The winter months in Egypt bring cooler temperatures, but it’s still quite pleasant for tourists. Daytime temperatures hover around 15°C to 20°C (60°F to 70°F), but be prepared for cooler evenings.
- January to March: Egypt typically experiences a mix of weather in these months as the country moves into early Spring. It can be sunny and warm, with pleasant daytime temperatures, but can also turn a little chilly with occasional rainfall. Temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C (70°F to 80°F). As a result of the favourable climate, hotels, cruises, and tourist sites tend to be busy with visitors, especially during the New Year period.
- March to April: Springtime is the high season and is the ideal time of year to visit Egypt, with average temperatures ranging from 20°C to 35°C (70°F to 100°F). The landscape is lush and green after the winter rains, making it an excellent time for photography.
What to Wear in Egypt in Spring and Autumn
Consider comfort and modesty when packing for your Spring or Autumn Egyptian adventure. Here’s a handy checklist of what to wear:
- Lightweight Clothing: Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Long-sleeved tops and lightweight bottoms are perfect for keeping cool while protecting your skin from the sun. Pack a shawl to wrap around the shoulders in the evenings.
- Sunhat: Make sure to keep your head covered from the sun.
- Sunglasses and Sunscreen: The Egyptian sun can be quite intense, so don’t forget your shades and a good sunscreen with high SPF. Factor 30 and above is recommended.
- Comfortable Shoes: You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so bring comfortable, closed-toe shoes for exploring archaeological sites and cities; otherwise, you will end up with a foot full of sand!
- Modest Attire: With respect for local customs, dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Women should carry a scarf to cover their shoulders and head if needed.
- Swimwear: If you plan on enjoying the Red Sea or the luxurious pools at your resort, pack your swimsuit.
Weather in Egypt from May to September: Surviving the Egyptian Summer
While Egypt is captivating year-round, the scorching summer months from May to September can be challenging for tourists. If you’re prepared to brave the heat, you can still enjoy Egypt during this time. However, be ready for daytime temperatures soaring above 35°C (95°F) and sometimes even hitting 45°C (120°F) in Egypt’s hottest months.
April to May: During these months, you’ll find the climate starting to hot up, from 25°C to 35°C (80°F to 100°F). April is one of the best times of the year to visit Egypt. It is worth noting that, occasionally, Egypt experiences the Khamsin Wind, a brief but intense sandstorm of scorching hot winds, sometime between April and May. However, fear not, for this natural phenomenon rarely disrupts the rhythm of daily life.
The festival of Sham el-Nessim takes place on Easter Monday, following the Coptic calendar, and is a cherished tradition observed across Egypt. It’s a time when Egyptians come together to celebrate the rebirth of nature and the spirit of this ancient land.
So, if you plan to visit Egypt at Easter, prepare for it to be busy. This holiday season is among the liveliest times to explore Egypt, and as demand surges, so do prices. It’s wise to secure your accommodations and activities well in advance.
Hottest months in Egypt
June to August: These months are the height of summer in Egypt, where temperatures can soar to impressive heights between 35°C to 45°C (100°F to 120°F) and sometimes even higher. Fewer travellers brave the heat during these months, leaving an opportunity to experience Egypt’s marvels with fewer crowds visiting the iconic sights. This is often a good time to get a bargain as prices for flights, hotels, tours, and day trips can be substantially lower than in peak season.
September to October: Temperatures in September have not changed too much from the summer season; however, cool sea breezes make it more bearable if you are planning a beach break along the Red Sea coast in Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada or one of Egypt’s other popular seaside resorts. As the months progress, the temperature starts to drop slightly from the heady 45°C (120°F) to a more manageable 30°C (90°F)
What to Wear in Egypt in Summer’s Extreme Heat:
- Lightweight and Breathable Clothing: Loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing is a must to stay cool in the blistering heat.
- Sun Protection: Sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses are essential for protection against the intense sun.
- Hydration: Carry a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated, and drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
- Rest: Take breaks in the shade whenever possible and avoid strenuous outdoor activities during peak sun hours.
Tips for Your Egyptian Adventure:
- Plan Ahead: Egypt’s iconic attractions like the Pyramids and the Valley of the Kings can get crowded, so book your tours and accommodations in advance.
- Stay Hydrated: The desert climate can cause dehydration, so always carry water bottles and drink regularly.
- Respect Local Customs: Be mindful of the local culture, particularly when visiting religious sites. Dress modestly and ask for permission before taking photos of locals.
- Bargaining Skills: Haggling is common in Egypt’s markets (souks), so sharpen your bargaining skills for souvenir shopping.
- Local Cuisine: Don’t miss out on trying authentic Egyptian dishes like koshari, falafel, and fresh seafood by the Red Sea.
Egypt is a destination that promises enchantment, adventure, and a deep dive into history. Choosing the right time to visit is vital to unlocking the full potential of your trip to Egypt. So, whether you’re exploring the temples of Luxor, cruising on the Nile, or basking in the Red Sea’s beauty, remember to pack accordingly, stay safe, and savour every moment of Egypt’s intoxicating charm.
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