It should come as no surprise to anyone, but Egypt can get hot - really hot and especially in the height of summer. There are better and worse times to go to Egypt. But just when to go also depends on what visitors want to see and experience there as well as what their budgets are. The season is one of the things tourists need to plan their trip around when visiting Egypt.
When to go to Egypt depends on a few things. If one wants the most pleasant weather - then that means a trade-off with the crowds. The peak season is also when there are droves of people flopping on its beaches and gawking at the pyramids. Some accommodations may sell out in these popular times and be more expensive.
Peak Season - Mid-October to February
These cooler months are also the most popular, crowded, and generally the most expensive. This is also a great time to explore the stunning history and monasteries of the Sinai. In these months, it can get chilly after dark, so plan on packing something warm.
- Peak Season: Mid-October to February
- Most Expensive Season: Mid-October to February
- Average High In Giza: 70°F (20°C)
- Average High In Luxor: 76°F (25°C)
The Compromise Season March to May, September to early-October
A medium is to go in the spring or autumn before or after the worst of the heat of summer and before or after the worst of the crowds.
Spring and Autumn are a happy compromise for many travelers. Not too hot, not too crowded. For many, the best season to visit is indeed spring and autumn. It is a season that avoids the worst of both the peak season and the scorching season but at the same time potentially lacks the best of both.
- Best Option: Spring and Autumn
- Average High In Giza: 85°F (29°C) (April & October)
- Average High In Luxor: 95°F (35°C) (April & October)
In May and September, visitors should still be prepared for very hot temperatures. Of course, if one is planning to stay in luxury air-conditioned accommodation and take air-conditioned transport, and only really go outside to take pictures in the heat of the day while enjoying a cocktail, the heat may not matter too much. But if one is planning to say in a budget hostel (without aircon) or go camping, then it may be a little unpleasant.
In these times, it is often possible to get some good deals on packages as well.
There is another catch, in the spring there are occasional dust storms. These may cancel one's excursion into the desert and even one's flights.
The Scorching Heat of Summer
There are a few people out there who love heat - intense heat. For them, a good hat and plenty of water and the summer may be the best season. But for most people summer is the time to avoid in Egypt.
- Hottest Months: July and August
- Cheapest Months In Egypt: July and August
- Average High In Giza: 95°F (35°C)
- Average High In Luxor: 106°F (41°C)
Still, that doesn't mean that Egypt needs to be off the table. There is more to Egypt than just the timeless pyramids and Valley of the Kings. For if one is into diving, then this can be a good time to visit the Red Sea coast and the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The sea conditions are typically calm and warm in this season with great visibility.
- Diving: The Red Sea Is Calm In Summer
- Camping: Avoid Camping Trips Into The Desert In Summer
Another way to beat the heat (which has an average high temperature hit 108°F (42°C) in Luxor) is to get up like an early bird and do the sightseeing before the heat of the day. Some attractions open at 6.00 am so this is possible.
- Tip: See the Temples At Opening at 6.00 am
What To Know About Ramadan In Egypt
Another factor travelers should bear in mind while traveling to Islamic or Muslim-majority countries is the Holy Month of Ramadan. This can be anything from inconsequential to travelers to having a significant impact. Ramadan is when Muslims fast during daylight hours and certain practices are observed.
As Ramadan is based on the lunar calendar it changes from year to year. In Egypt (and especially in tourist areas) this normally isn't too important but tourist sites, shops, and services may have shorter hours.
Tourist-oriented restaurants and cafés may be open all the time, but non-tourist places may only open after sunset.
- Etiquette: It Is Normally Polite Not To Eat In Front Of Egyptians During Ramadan
- Tip: In Some Countries, Restaurants will Close In Ramadan