The best time to visit Egypt

Updated: 14th January 2019

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Seasons and Weather

Temperatures in Egypt are generally high, particularly during the summer months from May to August, when the sun can be very strong. If you're visiting Egypt during this time, take plenty of sunscreen. It's still fine to visit Egypt at these times of year and the heat is more dry than humid.

In Cairo and the Nile Delta region, winter (October to February) can be cooler, especially in the evenings and at night, so take a jacket, long-sleeved tops and trousers. The south remains warm during this time but again, temperatures do drop in the evenings. This is the best time to visit Egypt for sightseeing if you want to avoid the hot sun.

The shoulder months of September, March and April offer pleasant daytime temperatures and are considered ideal months to enjoy the Red Sea for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling. Scuba diving can be enjoyed year-round.

Climate - Cairo


JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C8911141720232321181410
Temp Max °C192024283234363633302621
Rainfall (mm)1448700105413

Climate - Luxor


JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C781217212425252219138
Temp Max °C232529353941414139352924
Rainfall (mm)1013102011304316

Climate - Hurghada


JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp Min °C111215192224252524211612
Temp Max °C212225293335353433292622
Rainfall (mm)000000001000
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Festivals and Events

The vast majority of Egypt's population is Muslim and a number of Islamic celebrations are held throughout the year, namely Ramadan and Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) though the devout Coptic Christian minority observe holidays such as Easter. Below is a guide to the various festivals and events held throughout the year.

Abu Simbel Sun Festival

The spectacular temples of Abu Simbel were built so that on two days of the year the sun would align and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. These dates mark the date of King Ramses II's ascension to the throne - 21st February - and his birthday - 21st October. It's an incredible phenomenon to witness and a perfect time to visit Abu Simbel.

Ramadan

Most Egyptians usually become more holy during this month, visiting their mosque more regularly and reading as much of the Koran as possible. At night you will find a very festive atmosphere especially in major Egyptian cities. People usually go out after breaking their fast to coffee shops, sporting clubs or big hotels. Often you will see oriental tents set up outside these places where shisha, food and drinks (no alcohol) are served all night with live music, Sufi dancing and traditional dancing. These parties go on all night till just before sunrise when people have their second big meal called ‘El Sohour’ which will help them fast for the next day. At this time of year services will be slower, opening hours reduced and traffic chaotic but it is likely that you will witness and often experience the true hospitality, generosity and kindness that the holy month of Ramadan brings to the nation.

Eid El Adha

Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, the festival of Eid El Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son Ishmael. The festival lasts for four days and during this time families share the meat from a sacrificed animal between themselves, relatives and the poor.

2019 Calendar

To help plan your 2019 visit to Egypt, here's an overview of the year's festivals and events.

February 22nd - Abu Simbel Sun Festival (Abu Simbel)
May 5th - June 4th - Ramadan (countrywide)
August 11th-15th - Eid El Adha (countrywide)
October 22nd - Abu Simbel Sun Festival (Abu Simbel)

There's also a number of national holidays in Egypt and on these dates many businesses and some tourist sites will close for the day so plan your visit accordingly.

Tourist Site Closures

At present there are no planned closures of tourist sites in Egypt but recently closing times for major attractions in Cairo, Aswan and Luxor have changed to 4pm with the exception of Luxor Temple which is open until 8pm during the week.

See Also

For more useful information to help plan your visit to Egypt have a browse through the following:

Best Places to Visit - the best spots in Egypt to check out when you visit
Tourist Visas - what you need to know to enter Egypt
Top Travel Tips - including info on money, health, food and shopping
Traveller Reviews - see what our passengers have to say
Nile Felucca Sailing - what to expect on a felucca cruise
Travel Alerts - latest updates on safety and security in Egypt
Egypt Video Lounge - experience ancient Egypt with these top travel videos
Highlights of Ancient Egypt - our guide to the pyramids and Egypt's other ancient wonders
Abu Simbel Sun Festival FAQ - all your questions answered

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