What's the weather like in Egypt?
If you are planning to travel to Egypt, you may want to know "When is the best time to visit?" The weather can vary from region to region, with a Mediterranean climate along the coast, and a more desert-like climate inland.
A subtropical climate occurs both along the Red Sea's shore and inland in the desert. The sea breezes make the heat tolerable in desert areas, unlike in the desolate desert. This area receives little or no rain.
There are usually two seasons to consider when planning a trip to Egypt.
- The best time to visit is between October and April. The temperatures are cooler, but still pleasantly warm across the country.
- The summer season (May to September) is very hot and dry, but there are fewer tourists and lower prices. This makes summer a feasible season for a trip if you don't mind the heat.
We have presented to you when the best season to plan a visit along with some festivals celebrated during the time:
Winter: December to February
The weather is much cooler during the winter months, though still relatively warm, making it an ideal time to visit the archeological and cultural sites in comfort. During the day, the average temperature is around 60F (21C), bringing a mild and refreshing breeze.
However, it is also the busiest time of year, due to Christmas and New Year. Hotels and cruises raise their rates substantially. You would need to book far in advance, so planning a trip to Egypt during this period would need to be made very early.
While visiting during the Christmas season, you will witness the Egyptian way of celebrating meaningful beliefs. Traditional mass comes first before gathering for a bountiful feast.
Coptic Christmas – is one event you can celebrate on 7 January in the Cairo and Coptic Region. For the Coptics of Egypt – the Arab world's largest Christian community, it is the day of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Spring: March to April
This is the best time to visit, as the weather gets warmer, and it is not the peak of the tourist season. During the day, temperatures can range from the mid-70s to the low 80s (23C to 26C). However, Easter is one of the busiest times to travel to Egypt, and prices rise accordingly.
Coptic Orthodox Easter – is preceded by a long 55-day fast. As a result, a vigil on Coptic Easter eve ends with a feast that continues into the next day. Dates change each year.
Sham Ennessim – or Sham El Nassim is an Easter festival, the day after Easter. If you are visiting during this time you can enjoy some mouth-watering Egyptian dishes, such as the Fatteh, a bread dish that can be enjoyed with rice and topped with chicken, beef, yogurt, and chickpeas.
Summer: May to September
This is known as the scorching summer. The average temperature during the day ranges from the high 80s to the mid-high 90s (32C to 40C). If you can handle the soaring heat, it can be a great time to visit, as prices are much lower than they are during the milder months of the year. Fewer people travel to Egypt during the summer months so you can escape the crowds at most tourist sites.
Ramadan - If you are traveling to Egypt in the month of Ramadan, hotel prices can get expensive. If you are interested in local customs and traditions, then you will find visiting enriching. However, If you would like to visit sites, this may not be the best time to visit as historical sites will operate for limited hours.
Autumn: October to November
Autumn is just as pleasant as Spring. The temperature during the day ranges from the mid-70s to mid-80s (23C to 29C). This can be considered a good time to visit places, as you will avoid the school vacation period and the crowds. The comfortable weather makes it pleasant to go out and explore historic sites.
Planning a visit?
No matter what time of year you may be thinking about going, Egypt is a fascinating country. Knowing the best time for you to travel makes every trip an adventure. The unique desert landscapes, historic and cultural attractions, river cruises and beaches, comfortable hotels, and resorts, provide a great combination for an exciting trip that you will not forget.
Let us help you plan your Egypt trip. We believe there is something for everyone from desert tours, cultural trips, or taking a break to enjoy a cruise or just a beach holiday to relax.
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