Weather in Egypt in October 2024: Travel Tips for First-Timers

By Margaux | Updated Dec. 29, 2022

October is the month during which temperatures in Egypt start to decrease significantly, as the country heads towards winter. This means that October is a perfect time for sightseeing, when the temperatures aren't as high as they are in summer, and there is very little rain regardless of where in Egypt you go.

However, due to its location, Egypt is still warm in October (it is never extremely cold), so although temperatures are relatively lower, it definitely still won't be cold, and you could even head to Egypt for a beach holiday in October.

To find out more about where in Egypt is best to visit in October, and to learn more about the weather during this time, as well as what to wear and where exactly to go, read on!

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Egypt Weather in October: Overview

  • Average temperature range in Cairo and Alexandria (north of Egypt): 18°C–30°C (64°F–86°F)
  • Average temperature range in Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh and Luxor (middle to south of Egypt): 22°C–35°C (72°F–95°F)
  • Rainfall: 3 mm (0.1 inches) on average for October
  • Rainy days: 1 day with a little shower on average
  • Sunny days: all days

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Egypt Regional Weather in October

In October, you can expect temperatures to be more pleasant in the evenings and early mornings, with temperatures rising throughout the daytime.

In Aswan, one of the hotter cities in the country, maximum temperatures reach 36°C (97°F), while Alexandria is cooler (as it's in Egypt's north, near the coast), with a maximum of 27°C (82°F) in October.

Location Min. Temp. Max. Temp. Rainfall
Alexandria 18°C (64°F) 27°C (82°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Cairo (and Giza) 19°C (66°F) 30°C (86°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Luxor 19°C (66°F) 35°C (95°F) 0 mm
Aswan 22°C (72°F) 36°C (97°F) 1 mm (0.0 in)
Hurghada 22°C (72°F) 32°C (90°F) 5 mm (0.2 in)
Sharm el-Sheikh 24°C (76°F) 32°C (90°F) 2 mm (0.1 in)

If you are looking for slightly cooler temperatures, traveling to Egypt towards the end of October is better than early October. We also recommend sightseeing in the mornings or towards the end of the day, and staying out of the midday sun where possible.

When it comes to rainfall, nowhere in Egypt experiences a lot of rainfall at any point during the year, but October is a relatively "wet" month compared to others. However, in reality this only means that you may experience a short shower of rain if you are visiting Alexandria, Cairo, or Hurghada in October. Because the rest of the day is still sunny, this weather is not something that would stop you from visiting or sightseeing. On average the precipitation is around 2 to 5 mm (0.1 to 0.2 in), barely anything!

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Best Places to Visit in Egypt in October

Best Places to Visit in Egypt in October

1. Cairo and Giza

As Egypt's capital, Cairo is a must-see and would likely be your first stop in Egypt as this is where the country's main international airport is. You could enjoy Cairo's wonderful architecture and spend some time shopping for souvenirs at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar.

To avoid the hottest part of the day, we recommend heading outside in the early parts of the day, and saving the indoor activities for the middle of the day.

The same goes for Giza, where you'll visit The Pyramids of Giza. We recommend heading over in the early morning to beat the heat.

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2. Luxor

Luxor is a great place to visit in October, when the temperatures are lower than in the middle of the summer. There you could see Luxor Temple as well as the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, some of Egypt's most incredible historical sights that are not to be missed.

Temperatures in Luxor can be high in the middle of the day, especially in early October, so we recommend visiting the sights earlier in the day if this works with your itinerary.

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3. Alexandria

Egypt's second-biggest city, Alexandria, is located on the Mediterranean coast, meaning temperatures there are slightly lower than in the rest of the country. October is a great time of year to visit Alexandria, when days are mostly sunny. Although you might experience a brief shower, it won't rain for long or much at all.

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4. Hurghada

Although temperatures start to decrease in October, Egypt's seaside locations are still worth a visit during these months. With a daily average peak of 32°C (90°F), Hurghada is a great place to visit in October for those who aren't looking for scorching beach temperatures.

The slightly lower temperatures also mean that October is a better time of year for water sports and activities, such as snorkeling and diving.

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Crowds and Cost

As October isn't the high reason in Egypt, you won't find that there are too many crowds (peak tourist season in Egypt is December and January, during Egypt's winter). This is why October is a great time to visit, as fewer tourists also means that there are slightly lower prices throughout the country when it comes to accommodation and travel.

However, because Egypt is home to some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, for example, the Pyramids of Giza, you cannot expect anywhere to be truly empty at any time of the year. Tourists come to marvel over Egypt's history throughout the year, regardless of the month and the weather!

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What to Wear in Egypt in October

October is still a relatively warm month in Egypt, so you won't have to bring too many layers with you. We recommend wearing light colored clothing rather than dark colored clothing when you are sightseeing, as this will keep you cooler throughout the middle of the day when the temperatures are higher. Bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat is also a good idea if you are going to be outdoors for most of the day.

As always, we also recommend good footwear, as some of the sights do require a decent amount of walking on uneven terrain.

It is Egyptian custom to cover the knees and shoulders for everybody, so we do recommend natural fabrics that will keep you cooler as well as covered. You can read more about What to Wear in Egypt: For Women and For Different Seasons.

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Travel to Egypt in October with Global Highlights

To plan your perfect tour to Egypt in October, reach out to Global Highlights for experts' input. Our team of travel experts will be able to turn your requirements into your ideal itinerary for your visit to Egypt. This means you won't have to worry about planning, and you'll be able to simply enjoy your time in Egypt, stress-free!

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