Best time to visit Egypt

Egypt is located in North Africa and has both Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts. It's home to ancient sites such as the capital Cairo, the pyramids, temples of Luxor, Mount Sinai and the River Nile.

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Resorts like Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are popular with holidaymakers, who visit for the warm sunshine and marine-rich waters, particularly between October and April.

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When is the best time to visit Egypt?

The best time to visit Egypt (Luxor) is February and November based on the following average weather conditions.

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  • 22°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Egypt (Luxor)22
  • 24°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Egypt (Luxor)24
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Egypt (Luxor)29
  • 34°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Egypt (Luxor)34
  • 38°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Egypt (Luxor)38
  • 40°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Egypt (Luxor)40
  • 40°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Egypt (Luxor)40
  • 39°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Egypt (Luxor)39
  • 38°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Egypt (Luxor)38
  • 34°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Egypt (Luxor)34
  • 28°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Egypt (Luxor)28
  • 24°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Egypt (Luxor)24

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The weather guide for Egypt (Luxor) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Egypt overview

The popularity of Egypt as a holiday destination stems not only from its ancient heritage but also from its climate.

With vast tracts of the country lying actually inside the Sahara, it is one of the world's sunniest environments throughout the year. Cairo averages 11 hours of sunshine a day in the peak summer and 8 hours in the winter.

Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt © Dan Lundberg - Flickr Creative Commons
Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Egypt © Dan Lundberg - Flickr Creative Commons

An exception to the sunny norm is Egypt's Mediterranean coast where the winters (November to March), although warm, can bring cloudy days and short periods of rain.

More testing, on the coast and in the Nile Delta, are the spring months (March to May) when the Khamsin desert winds can blow strongly and send temperatures soaring making life unpleasant.

Nile weather

The River Nile is the longest river not only in Africa but the world. It flows for well over 6,650 km, through 11 countries, emerging at its mightiest in Sudan and then Egypt before reaching the Nile Delta and the beautiful blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

It's beloved by history and nature lovers keen to experience the surrounding archeology of Ancient Egypt and the wildlife, not to mention those simply after an indulgent and memorable river cruise.

When it comes to deciding when to go to the Nile, we recommend almost any time except the summer months from June to September, as it is very hot with exceptionally high heat and humidity.

October remains fairly hot with temperatures well into the thirties by day, falling to around 20°C overnight. However, by December and into January and February, it can feel cool once the sun goes down with temperatures falling to single figures overnight.

Come springtime, the months of March, April and May see temperatures start to climb once more into the thirties by day with heat and humidity rising also, eventually to very high levels, although conditions remain pleasant.

On occasion - roughly one day per month - this period can also see some afternoons with thick dust or even dust storms, which can disrupt your sightseeing, although these are rare.

What to pack for Egypt weather

A combination of light and warm clothing is most appropriate. Very hot daytime temperatures plunge dramatically after sundown.

Which is the hottest month in Egypt?

The hottest time of year in Luxor, Egypt is normally August. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 39°C with extreme heat and humidity.

Does it ever rain in Egypt?

It never rains much in Luxor, Egypt but October usually has the most rain with an average of 1mm. There are normally no days in October with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Egypt?

The sunniest time of year in Luxor, Egypt is normally July with bright sunshine on average for 91% of daylight hours; that's 12 hours of sunshine per day.

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