Seasons in Tunisia

Tunisia is stretched from north to south. Such configuration forms variety of climatic conditions of the country. North part of the country is in the area of tropical climate while central and southern regions lie in the zone of arid climate.

Average annual temperatures of northern mountains are lower than on the rest of territory of Tunisia. They are between 5 °C (41 °F) and 12 °C (54 °F). Summer is hot and humid and winter is mild warm and rainy. Deserts are cold at nights, temperature may drop to 0 °C (32 °F).

North of the country receives more precipitation so there lots of olive, orange and almond groves as long as fields of sunflowers and pine forests. Flora of southern part of the country is poor for this is the land of sands.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Tunisia

Actual spring comes to Tunisia at March. Temperature may rise to 20 °C (68 °F). However mornings and nights are as cold as they were before. Precipitation decreases on coasts and in north of the country it still rains.

At April sun sheds delicate warmth so water warms up to 16 °C (61 °F). Daytime is elongating by couple hours which means beginning of season of excursions. While packing for visit to Tunisia in the middle of spring you would want to take some warm clothes for cool time after sunset. May means opening of swimsuit season for most desperate tourists. Water warms up 19 °C (66 °F). In addition at the end spring there are still probability of rains and thunderstorms.

The climate of the spring months

(Tunis)

March
Max average t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Water t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 39 mm (1.6")
April
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (51 °F)
Water t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 20 mm (0.8")
May
Max average t°: +24 °C (76 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (56 °F)
Water t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 12 mm (0.5")

Spring holidays

In addition to public holidays Tunisians are also celebrate traditional Islamic holidays whose dates are assigned by Islamic calendar and are to be officially confirmed by the religious instances of the Tunisian government.

March 20 – Independence Day.

March 21 – Youth Day.

April 9 – Martyrs' Day.

May 1 – Labor Day.

Summer in Tunisia

At the very begging of June temperature leaps to 30 °C (86 °F) and daytime lasts for 10 hours. But seaside breeze eases heat and weather feels like perfectly comfortable. Also this is the time of actual opening of swimsuit season. Temperature of water is about 22 °C (72 °F).

July and August are the hottest months of a year. Heat in shadow reaches 35 °C (95 °F) so you would want to dedicate noon to seaside activities or have some nap. But heading to a beach one should mind jellyfish season which lasts from middle of July to September. Jellyfish season coincides period of warmest water so lack of caution may cost several burns with possible allergic complications.

The climate of the summer months

(Tunis)

June
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 7.5 mm (0.3")
July
Max average t°: +32 °C (90 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2 mm (0.08")
August
Max average t°: +32 °C (90 °F)
Min average t°: +20.5 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +26.5 °C (80 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 7.5 mm (0.3")


Summer holidays

July 25 – Republic Day.

August 13 – Women's Day.

Autumn in Tunisia

Autumn brings additional comfort to weather of Tunisia. First of all it means reduction of heat. Mediterranean Sea is exceptionally warm at September so whole month is the Velvet Season. Occasional showers are intrinsic to September but they are rather pleasant.

October is a kind of warm African autumn. Daytime is similar to mild summer but at night it would be better to put on some blouse of light sweater. In addition at middle of an autumn precipitation increases and sea becomes colder. October is even rainier and colder. Even in southern resorts nights are pretty cold.

The climate of the autumn months

(Tunis)

September
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 16 mm (0.6")
October
Max average t°: +25 °C (78 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (60 °F)
Water t°: +23.5 °C (74 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
November
Max average t°: +20 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 35 mm (1.4")

Autumn holidays

September 3 – Independence Movement Day.

October 15 – Evacuation Day.

November 7 – New Era Day.

Winter in Tunisia

Weather at December is uncertain. Temperature is in the range between 16 °C (61 °F) and 18 °C (64 °F) but in a blink of an eye a freezing rain may fall. At night temperature drops to about 7 °C (45 °F) and below 0 °C (32 °F) in highlands and deserts. Peaks of Atlas Mountains are covered with snow caps.

January is cold too. Rare hours of clear sky are accompanied by cold winds. Precipitation is frequent with more intensity in northern regions of Tunisia. February brings first sings of upcoming spring. Frequency of rains reduces but cold winds are still here. Along with it amount of sunshine per day increases.

The climate of the winter months

(Tunis)

December
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +7.5 °C (46 °F)
Water t°: +17.5 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1.4")
January
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +6.5 °C (44 °F)
Water t°: +15.5 °C (60 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1.2")
February
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Water t°: +14.5 °C (58 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1.4")

Winter holidays

January 1 – New Year's Day.

January 14 – Revolution and Youth Day.