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Felucca boats on the River Nile

When is the best time to visit Egypt?

Felucca boats on the River Nile

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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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 for travelling 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 travelling 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
Saqqara, Egypt

Visiting Egypt in April - May

The weather gets warmer but is still pleasant during April and May, making this a very popular time to visit. The Khamsin Wind, a minor but extremely hot sandstorm, sweeps across Egypt for a few days at some point during April and May, but does not usually cause any major disruption. Easter is one of the busiest times to travel in Egypt, and prices rise accordingly.

Events & Festivals

  • Sham el-Nessim (April): A Coptic festival of Pharaonic origin which celebrates the coming of spring. This is held on Easter Monday according to the Coptic calendar, and is celebrated with picnics in parks and on riverbanks throughout the country. Read more
The Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre, Giza

Visiting Egypt in June

June is the start of the scorching heat of the summer, but temperatures are not yet at their peak. This can therefore be a great time to visit if you don't mind the heat as prices are much lower than they are during the milder months of the year.

Abu Simbel

Visiting Egypt in July - August

This is the peak of the summer and temperatures are very high. However, if your hotel has air conditioning and a swimming pool, or if you simply want to relax on a Nile cruise, this can be a great time to visit. Far fewer people travel to Egypt during the summer months, which means that you can escape the crowds at most tourist sites and make the most of some fantastic photographic opportunities.

Monastery of St Anthony, Egypt

Visiting Egypt in September

The weather in September is quite similar to that in June; temperatures are still high but sea breezes make the heat more bearable and prices are usually lower than they are between October and May. This can be the best time to visit places such as the Red Sea as you'll escape both school holidays and the crowds of the autumn/winter peak season. 

Statue of Hatshepsut at her temple, West Bank at Luxor

Visiting Egypt in October - December

The weather is much cooler during the winter months, though still warm, making it an ideal time to visit the cultural sites of Egypt in comfort. However, this is also the busiest time of year for Egypt. Over Christmas and New Year, hotels and cruises raise their rates significantly and rooms/cabins get booked far in advance, so it is advisable to plan your trip early.

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