Seasons in Egypt

Egypt lies in two climatic zones. Coasts of the Mediterranean Sea have subtropical weather conditions and the rest of territory is in arid zone. The country is considered as suitable for tourism year round but with less and more comfortable periods.

Egypt a.k.a “The Great Oasis” is located between two deserts and embraces significant territory. Also its dry and hot weather is well known. Seasonal division is usually reflected in hot and cool seasons. First of them lasts from April to October second one is between November and March.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Egypt

Weather in Egypt at March and April may be characterized as fickle. On one hand it can be just warm but on the other there’s always a probability of strong winds. Above this Egyptian spring is known for its sandstorms. The thing is in hot desert wind called “hamsin”.

At first occurs drop of atmosphere pressure which is followed by fast leap of temperature to about 40 °C (104 °F). In the meantime humidity may drop to about 10%. Same phenomena are observed on Arabian Peninsula. Duration of storms may reach 3 days but there’s nothing to fear in cities. And by the beginning of May weather gradually improves precipitating first wave of tourists.

The climate of the spring months

(Cairo)

March
Max average t°: +24 °C (76 °F)
Min average t°: +10.5 °C (51 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2 mm (0.08")
April
Max average t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.5 mm (0.06")
May
Max average t°: +32 °C (90 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.5 mm (0.06")

Spring holidays

March 21 – Mother’s Day.

April 9 (2018) – Jam en Nessim in Egypt.

April 25 – Sinai's Liberation Day.

May 1 – Labor Day.

Summer in Egypt

Egyptian summer means devastating heat and baking sun. Usual air temperature of this time is about 40 °C (104 °F). At windless days it may even grow up to 50 °C (122 °F). Temperature of water stays around 28 °C (82 °F). Even coast areas are suffering from exhausting heat at summer in Egypt.

June is hot but period between July and end of September is even hotter. Only admirers of extreme recreation and diving will appreciate summer voyage to Egypt. It is time for tougher tourists. Seniors and families would want to pick another time to go to “The Great Oasis”. Basically only camels can enjoy this time in this country.

The climate of the summer months

(Cairo)

June
Max average t°: +35 °C (95 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (67 °F)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")
July
Max average t°: +35 °C (94 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (69 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")
August
Max average t°: +34.5 °C (94 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (69 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")


Summer holidays

June 30 – Revolution Day 2013.

July 23 - Revolution Day 1952.

Egyptians are celebrating some Islamic holidays which are assigned according to Islamic calendar. Due to significant difference of chronology between Islamic and Georgian chronologies dates of those celebrations vary in a wide range.

Autumn in Egypt

In terms of chronology autumn in Egypt is the time of second massive influx of visitors. Because weather at this time is almost perfect. Sun reduces its anger and staying in Egypt becomes pleasant. At September (which is the most windless month) tourists flow isn’t that big.

At October and November overall comfort of weather is increasing. At these days there no heat and temperature of air is about 30 °C (86 °F) and water is almost equally warm (27 °C; 81 °F). But temperatures between different locations may vary by about 5 °C (≈ 9 °F). Weather changes are followed by growth of pricing.

The climate of the autumn months

(Cairo)

September
Max average t°: +32.5 °C (91 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.2 mm (0.008")
October
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (62 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.5 mm (0.02")
November
Max average t°: +25 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (56 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 3.9 mm (0.15")

Autumn holidays

September 11 (as of the date of 2018) – Islamic New Year.

October 6 - Armed Forces Day.

November 21 (as of the date of 2018) – Mawlid.

Winter in Egypt

Egyptian Winter is windy season. It is true but things aren’t as bad as they seem to be. After all there are very few dull days in Egypt and temperature of seas never goes below 20 °C (70 °F). First two decades of December are off-season. Prices are low; seas are warm as well as air so this is good time to visit the country. And even probability of winds isn’t able to spoil vacation. Visitors prefer Sharm El Sheikh because it has more quiet weather than Hurghada.

Third decade of December is another visiting boom when tourists fill hotels full celebrating Catholic Christmas and New Year. January and February have similar weather conditions except slightly bigger probability of winds.

The climate of the winter months

(Cairo)

December
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 3 mm (0.12")
January
Max average t°: +19 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 6.8 mm (0.3")
February
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +7.5 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 4.8 mm (0.2")

Winter holidays

December 28 – Day of liberation of Port Said by Egyptian army.

January 1 – New Year.

February 22 – Festival of the Sun in Abu Simbel.