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Felucca boats on the River Nile

When is the best time to visit Egypt?

The best time to visit Egypt is between October and April, when temperatures are cooler, but still pleasantly warm across the country. This makes exploring the busy streets of Cairo, visiting the Pyramids in the desert, and exploring ancient Pharaonic tombs more comfortable and enjoyable.

The summer season (May to September) is hot, although the high temperatures are alleviated by very dry air, air conditioning, far fewer visitors and lower prices. This means summer is still a viable season for your trip. There also tends to be a bit of a breeze on the Nile, making a river cruise a good choice during this period.

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My favorite time to visit Egypt is February and March, when the country makes a good break from the cold winter weather at home. You can be guaranteed blue skies and sunny weather in the south of the country, where there is also the highest concentration of Ancient Egyptian sites to visit.

Sarah, North Africa & Arabia Specialist

Egypt Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Alexandria 18°C 49mm 19°C 28mm 21°C 11mm 24°C 4mm 27°C 1mm 29°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 30°C 1mm 28°C 7mm 24°C 29mm 20°C 50mm
Aswan 24°C 0mm 26°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 36°C 0mm 40°C 1mm 42°C 0mm 42°C 0mm 42°C 0mm 40°C 0mm 36°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 25°C 0mm
Cairo 19°C 5mm 21°C 3mm 24°C 3mm 28°C 1mm 32°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 34°C 0mm 34°C 0mm 32°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 25°C 3mm 21°C 4mm
Dahshur 20°C 3mm 21°C 2mm 25°C 2mm 29°C 1mm 33°C 0mm 36°C 0mm 36°C 0mm 36°C 0mm 33°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 26°C 2mm 21°C 4mm
Giza 19°C 4mm 21°C 3mm 24°C 2mm 28°C 1mm 32°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 33°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 26°C 2mm 21°C 4mm
Luxor 23°C 0mm 25°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 39°C 0mm 41°C 0mm 41°C 0mm 41°C 0mm 38°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 25°C 0mm

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Egypt

Aswan, Egypt

Visiting Egypt in January - March

January through to March is usually sunny and warm, with occasional rain. This is within the peak traveling season as temperatures are cooler and more comfortable than in the summer months, which means that hotels, cruises and sites can get very busy; particularly around the new year period.

Events & Festivals

  • The West Bank Marathon (late January or early February): This 22 kilometre marathon is held on the banks of the Nile. Read more »

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