March is when Egypt starts to get a little warmer, and it is a popular month to visit before the hot temperatures of summer really come along.
It’s a good time of year to tour Egypt, and a great month for both visiting the seaside beach resorts and the historical and cultural sights throughout the country.
On top of this, as March is outside of the peak tourist season in Egypt, it’s also a slightly less expensive time of year to visit Egypt.
Below you’ll find some suggestions on which places to visit in March in Egypt, what to wear during your time, and whether you will likely find Egypt busy during this time of the year.
Egypt Weather in March: Overview
- Average temperature range in Cairo and Alexandria (north of the country): 12°C–24°C (53°F–75°F)
- Average temperature range in Hurghada and Luxor (middle to south of the country): 12°C–30°C (54°F–86°F)
- Rainfall: 9 mm on average in the north; 0 mm on average in the desert south
- Rainy days: 4 days in the north (Alexandria, Cairo), but 0 days in the south
- Sunny days: most/all days
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Egypt Regional Weather in March
During the month of March, many cities in Egypt start to warm up during the day as this marks the end of the winter.
As a result, temperatures in southern cities such as Luxor and Aswan, as well as coastal cities of Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh can reach up to 27°C (80°F) and 30°C (86°F) in the daytime.
Temperature and Rainfall Averages for Egypt’s Main Destinations:
|Location||Min. Temp.||Max. Temp.||Rainfall|
|Alexandria||11°C (52°F)||21°C (70°F)||14 mm (0.6 in)|
|Cairo (and Giza)||12°C (53°F)||24°C (75°F)||4 mm (0.2 in)|
|Luxor||12°C (53°F)||30°C (86°F)||1 mm (0.0 in)|
|Aswan||15°C (59°F)||30°C (86°F)||0 mm|
|Hurghada||15°C (59°F)||26°C (78°F)||1 mm (0.0 in)|
|Sharm el-Sheikh||18°C (64°F)||27°C (80°F)||0 mm|
If you visit Alexandria or Cairo in March, you might come across the occasional light drizzle. Even if it does rain a little, your day will also see some sunshine too, as most days are guaranteed to be sunny for most of the day throughout the country.
In general, March is also a better time than December, January or February to visit the seaside resorts of Egypt, with temperatures reaching a maximum of 30°C (86°F), perfect for those lazy days by the ocean, or active days swimming, snorkeling, and diving the reefs around the Red Sea.
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Best Places to Visit in Egypt in March
1. Cairo and Giza
Cairo is an absolute must-see, no matter what time of year you come to Egypt.
Nearby Giza is home to the Great Pyramid, one of the top tourist destinations in the entire world, so you’ll definitely want to spend some time between Cairo and Giza. The weather there is still lovely in March, and you’ll very likely get a beautiful sunny day during your time touring the pyramids.
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2. Sharm el-Sheikh
One of Egypt’s most popular beach destinations, Sharm el-Sheikh, is a good spot to visit in March. This is when it is warm, but not overly hot or too humid.
You can relax on one of the Red Sea’s stunning beaches, or take a trip to the reefs either while snorkeling or diving, making friends with the local fish and sea life.
In March it is also not too humid yet, making for more pleasant weather.
Luxor is likely already high up on your list, being in the vicinity of many ancient Egyptian cities, and thus home to a large amount of the historical sights.
From the Temple of Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, we recommend going over to Luxor in March, as the high of 30°C (86°F) is still more pleasant than the summer temperatures later in the year.
This is a great time of year to explore the tombs and temples.
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March is a good time to visit Aswan, with warmer temperatures than December through February, making a Nile river cruise a more relaxing experience.
Aswan is also a great stopping place to visit the nearby Sun Temple of Ramses II from, as well as the temples of Kom Ombo and Adfu, and March is an ideal time of year to do this before soaring summer temperatures.
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Crowds and Cost
March is a great time of year to visit Egypt as at is not peak tourist season (this is December and January), but it is also not yet the middle of summer, so the weather isn’t too hot and humid yet.
While most popular tourist sites are busy throughout the year (the Pyramids are always at the top of everyone’s lists, so don’t expect the site to be empty at any time of the year), you can expect fewer people throughout the country in March than you would expect in December or January. This also means that costs for accommodation and flights, as well as internal transport, are a little lower during the month of March.
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What to Wear in Egypt in March
We recommend bringing light layers for March to cope with the daily temperature range. While visiting the pyramids or Egypt’s tombs, you will want to ensure that you are wearing lightweight clothing in the day, as well as lots of sunscreen and a hat as you’ll be outside during the bigger part of the day.
Then in the evenings, especially in Giza, Cairo, or Alexandria, the temperatures still drop to a point of needing to wear a jumper, hoodie, or even a light coat. If you head out for dinner or for a stroll in the evenings, make sure you bring that additional layer.
Monthly Weather in Egypt
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