Weather in Egypt in December: Best Places to Go & Travel Tips

Weather in Egypt in December: Best Places to Go & Travel Tips

By Margaux | Updated Mar. 17, 2023

December is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Egypt, both as a result of the weather and the school holidays in most of the northern hemisphere. The reason that the weather makes December so popular to visit, is because the temperatures are a lot lower during this time of the year, making it more pleasant to walk around the tourist sights without breaking a sweat.

It is a little cold to go on a beach holiday in Egypt in December, but if you prefer lower temperatures on the beach it is definitely still doable, or if you are planning on going snorkeling or participating in water sports.

To find out more about where to visit in Egypt in December, what the regional temperatures are on average, and whether it will rain in December, read on.

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1. Egypt Weather in December: Overview

  • Average temperature range in Cairo and Alexandria (north of Egypt): 10°C–21°C (50°F–70°F)
  • Average temperature range in Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, and Luxor (middle to south of Egypt): 12°C–25°C (54°F–77°F)
  • Rainfall: 5 mm on average in December
  • Rainy days: 4 days on average
  • Sunny days: most days

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2. Egypt Regional Weather in December

In December, rainfall is at its highest in Egypt, but rainfall is still very low compared to most other cities throughout the world with an average of 5 mm (0.2 inches) across the country.

The city of Alexandria sees around 50 mm (2 in) of rainfall in December, but that's an exception, and you'll still be guaranteed sunshine as most days have sunshine and blue skies for at least part of the day.

Average Climate Data for Egypt's Top Destinations:

Location Min. Temp. Max. Temp. Rainfall
Alexandria 10°C (50°F) 20°C (68°F) 53 mm (2 in)
Cairo (and Giza) 11°C (52°F) 21°C (70°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Luxor 8°C (46°F) 24°C (76°F) 0 mm
Aswan 12°C (54°F) 25°C (77°F) 0 mm
Hurghada 13°C (55°F) 24°C (76°F) 8 mm (0.3 in)
Sharm el-Sheikh 16°C (61°F) 24°C (76°F) 4 mm (0.2 in)

When it comes to temperatures, the cities of Luxor and Alexandria are the coolest, with minimum temperatures of 8°C (46°F) and 10°C (50°F) respectively. During the day, you'll still see temperatures of 20°C (68°F) or above most days though, meaning that you won't be too cold when you're out and about.

The coastal cities still see highs of around 24°C (76°F), meaning it's a little cold to head over to the beach, apart from in the warmest hours of the day, but it's still doable if you are looking for more active beach days or snorkeling/diving.

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3. Best Places to Visit in Egypt in December

1) Cairo and Giza

the Mosque of Muhammad Alithe Mosque of Muhammad Ali

Cairo and Giza are number one on most visitors' lists when they arrive in Egypt, as this is where you'll find the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is home to many incredible treasures, the Pyramids of Giza, and the impressive Islamic architecture of Cairo.

Cairo is also a great place to become acquainted with Egyptian cuisine, and to enjoy time at a cafe after wandering around the bazaar to stock up on souvenirs for your family. If you are out late at night, make sure to bring a jacket as the temperatures will drop slightly.

2) Luxor

Temple of Luxor Temple of Luxor

Luxor is a great place to visit in December, with lower temperatures compared to most of the year. In Luxor you'll find the Karnak Temple Complex, one of the best complexes in the world, and the Valley of the Kings, and the Luxor Temple. There are so many incredible historical sights to see there, as Luxor is located close to an ancient Egyptian capital.

3) Aswan

The View of AswanThe View of Aswan

Aswan is a wonderful place to visit in December, when the weather is pleasant and perfect for a boat ride along the Nile (whether you're looking at a cruise or a wooden felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailing boat). Aswan is close to many historical sights, with plenty to do in the area in between your exploration of the river that has been vital to life in Egypt since ancient times. 

4) Alexandria

Citadel of QaitbayCitadel of Qaitbay

One of the most famous cities in Egypt, as a result of its role in Egyptian history, and the country's second-biggest city, Alexandria is a great place to visit in December. Do expect to wear some additional layers in December, as the temperatures are lower at this time of the year. If you're planning to be out in the evening in Alexandria in December, we also recommend wearing a coat or jacket.

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4. Crowds and Cost

December is peak tourist season in Egypt, due to the combination of weather and the school holidays. This means that if you are planning to visit Egypt in December, you'll likely be paying a little extra, due to higher demand for flights and accommodation, and you'll need to make sure that you book ahead of time as the most popular hotels can book out.

You'll also experience more crowding at some of Egypt's top destinations in December, with people coming from all over the world to marvel at Egypt's treasures during this time of the year.

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5. What to Wear in Egypt in December

As December is a cooler time to visit Egypt, you'll need to make sure you dress appropriately. This means bringing an additional layer to wear during the evenings, when temperatures are lower. We also recommend bringing a coat or a jacket for after the sun goes down.

If you are visiting the beach, you'll likely not need your coat, but do expect a difference in temperature between daytime and the night. UV levels will still be high regardless of where you're visiting, and so we also recommend bringing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses for your time in Egypt.

To learn more about what to wear in Egypt, in terms of modesty and covering your shoulders and knees, read more about what to wear in Egypt.

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Travel to Egypt in December with Global Highlights

December is a popular time to visit Egypt, and you'll need to make sure that you're booking in advance, especially if you are hoping to go during the Christmas period when it is very busy in Egypt.

If you are planning to visit Egypt in December, reach out to us and our experts can help you put together your ideal itinerary. Let us know what your priorities are in terms of where to visit and what to see.

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