What's the weather like in Egypt?
It's hot and sunny for most of the year in Egypt and there's not much use for an umbrella, unless you use one to protect you from the sun. Winters (November to February) are generally mild although temperatures at night can get down to the 40's Fahrenheit (10 C). Scroll down to see what temperatures you can expect in Cairo and Aswan (on the Nile) and there's more climate information for those planning trips to the Western Desert and the Red Sea, at the bottom of the page.
Today's Weather in Cairo
Cairo is not only hot during the summer but also humid. This can make it quite uncomfortable from July through September. Light, loose cotton clothing is highly recommended as well as copious amounts of sunscreen and bottled water.
If you're planning a cruise down the Nile you'll want to see what the average temperatures are like in Aswan. This will help you decide whether to go for that air-conditioned cabin or not. The heat in Aswan and in Luxor is intense and it's not recommended that you travel during the peak summer months from June through August. It's even hotter when you're inside some of the tombs around Luxor and there's not a lot of shade around. Scroll down for Aswan's climate and more information about weather in Egypt.
Today's Weather in Aswan
The Red Sea
Temperatures at the Red Sea are actually similar to those in Aswan (see chart above) but a little warmer in winter and a little cooler in summer. Maximum average temperatures in the summer months (May to October) is around 85-90 Fahernheit (30 C). Winter months (November to February) see average temperatures of around 72-78 Fahrenheit (25 C).
If you're planning a trip to Siwa Oasis or anywhere west of Cairo in the desert, then the temperatures above for Aswan are a good inidcator of what to expect. Nights in the desert are much colder however and you'll need a good jacket. During March and April a hot wind, known locally as khamsin makes its way across the Western Desert making temperatures rise suddenly and causing mayhem with the sand that blows in with it. You may experience these sandstorms as far east as Cairo.
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