Best and Worst Times to Visit Egypt 2023/2024

Best and Worst Times to Visit Egypt 2023/2024

By Carper | Updated Sep. 28, 2023

Egypt weather is mainly affected by its desert climate location. It is a country with little rain and sunny days all year around. That means Egypt only has these three seasons: hot, warm, or mild.

  • Mild season - average 24°C (75°F): December to February
  • Warm seasons - average 27°C (86°F): March to April, October to November
  • Hot season - average 34°C (100°F): May to September

The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when the weather is not so hot. However, October to April is also the peak season when many travelers choose to travel to Egypt, resulting in increased costs and crowds.

Read on for more about Egypt's best/worst times, and monthly weather/travel tips...

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1. Best Times to Visit Egypt for a Nile Cruise

Nile Cruise off the coast of Luxor, EgyptNile Cruise off the coast of Luxor, Egypt

A Nile cruise, mainly cruising between Luxor and Aswan, sailing along "the mother of civilizations", can be the ultimate way to discover Egypt.

For the best experience, the mild season (from December to February) is the best time for Nile Cruise.

If you plan your family trip to Egypt around the Christmas and New Year vacation, cruising on the Nile can offer you a once-in-a-lifetime memory-making experience and a festive atmosphere, as you join in the celebrations with the crew, other holiday-makers, and your love ones.

Considering the weather and your wallet, the best times for a Nile Cruise are the warm seasons (from March to April and October to November), with less crowding and lower prices than in the peak season as well as reasonable temperatures for outdoor sightseeing.

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2. Best Times to Visit Hurghada

Dive into the Red Sea, Hurghada, EgyptDive into the Red Sea, Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada, known as a beautiful coastal city with good seaside resorts, is always popular with people who want to immerse themselves in blue sea and sky and feel the sea breeze on warm, dry days of relaxation.

For the best experience including swimming and water sports, March to May and September to November are the best times to visit Hurghada, when the weather is pleasant for water activities, and the crowds are reasonable.

Hurghada is also a good destination to go to for celebrating Christmas and New Year with your family, when the weather is mild. December to February is the best time for the most-active outdoor activities. Besides water fun, you could enjoy the most comfortable weather for the nearby attractions, such as desert safaris, ancient temples, and markets.

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3. Worst Times to Visit Egypt

Great Pyramid of Giza, EgyptGreat Pyramid of Giza, Egypt

May, June, July, and August are considered the worst months to visit Egypt as they are too hot for some, with daily top temperatures ranging from 32 to 44°C (90 to 111°F) and occasional dusty windstorms (mainly in May).

However, good deals on hotels and fewer crowds are the rewards for traveling during these months. Taking a Nile River cruise, diving in the Red Sea, and having more indoor activities would make your summer trip in Egypt more enjoyable.

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4. Weather in Major Cities in Egypt

It rarely rains throughout the year in Egypt, so when you're planning your trip, all you need to do is focus on the temperature range that suits your needs.

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  • Cairo
  • Alexandria
  • Luxor
  • Aswan
  • Hurghada
  • Sharm El Sheikh

Cairo Monthly Weather

Month Average Max. Temperature Average Min. Temperature
January 18ºC /64ºF 7ºC /44ºF
February 20ºC /68ºF 8ºC /46ºF
March 23ºC /73ºF 11ºC /52ºF
April 28ºC /82ºF 15ºC /59ºF
May 33ºC /91ºF 19ºC /66ºF
June 35ºC /95ºF 22ºC /72ºF
July 36ºC /97ºF 23ºC /74ºF
August 36ºC /97ºF 23ºC /74ºF
September 34ºC /93ºF 21ºC /70ºF
October 30ºC /86ºF 17ºC /63ºF
November 24ºC /75ºF 12ºC /54ºF
December 19ºC /66ºF 8ºC /46ºF
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5. Egypt Travel Tips by Month

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  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Egypt in January: Coptic Christmas Day

Cairo, EgyptCairo, Egypt

Due to the cool-to-mild temperatures, averaging daily highs of 19°C (67°F) throughout Egypt, January is one of the busiest months to visit Egypt.

Even though you can expect larger crowds and higher prices, visiting during January means you can enjoy a wide range of activities without the uncomfortable heat, such as camel riding, Nile River cruises, and outdoor sightseeing.

Festival: If you are traveling in Egypt on January 7th, you could witness the celebration of Coptic Christmas Day, also known as Egypt's second Christmas. People decorate the streets and shops with bells, fairy lights, and Christmas trees. Dive into the festive spirit and feel the lively vibe by joining locals' celebration events.

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