Egypt is a very popular destination and most of us can imagine what to expect there in the summer. Not only high temperatures on land but also the pleasantly warm sea attract thousands of tourists every year. But what is Egypt like in winter? What to prepare for and what to do? Is this time right for everyone or can you be disappointed?
Why in winter?
- An ideal time to explore monuments and history.
- Pleasant daily temperatures, thanks to which you can enjoy a cold winter.
- Trips to Egypt at affordable prices.
- Low hotel occupancy.
- Empty beaches will ensure you more privacy and a quiet holiday.
Weather in Egypt during winter season
Egypt has only two seasons (mild winter – from November to April and hot summer – from May to October) and conditions over winter and summer are really quite different. Heat lovers will definitely not get their money worth in winter. But there are many tourists who prefer this period.
If we focus on the most visited resorts, which are Hurghada and Marsa Alam while comparing the two seasons, in winter it is necessary to take into account the cooler and windy weather.
Temperatures during the day are most often between 22 and 28 ° C, at night between 10 and 18 ° C. Due to the fact that Marsa Alam is located to the south, the weather here is slightly more favourable and there are no large temperature fluctuations. Compared to Hurghada, Marsa Alam is also less windy. The sea temperature averages a pleasant 20 ° C. Gradual cooling is taking place since about the second half of November with the coldest months being January and February. In December and January, we only have 9 sunny hours, which is the lowest number of sunny hours during the day during the year.
During the whole winter, it is necessary to take into account the cold wind, which can significantly affect the feeling temperature. The phenomenon of the Egyptian climate is the warm “spring wind”, which you will meet all over the country and usually arrives in April. Its speed can reach up to 140 km / h, bringing with it high temperatures, dusty weather and often also sandstorms.
Sunrise in the winter can be observed after six o’clock in the morning and sunset around about five o’clock in the afternoon. You can find the exact times and temperature statistics on foreign weather servers.
You don’t have to worry about heavy rainfall. Most precipitation falls in Alexandria and in coastal areas you count rainy days on the fingers of one hand.
From the above temperatures, it is already clear that despite the cooling compared to summer, winter holidays in Egypt can be enjoyed well and can be taken as an escape from the rainy days in our homeland. For example, such a Christmas in Egypt can be a really nice change. However, in order to be perfectly prepared for the difference between the temperatures during the day and night and for a possible cold wind, we recommend that you bring a sweater or a jacket with you or neoprene suit for longer swimming or snorkelling.
How to choose a hotel?
When choosing a hotel here during the winter season, it is good to focus on a few little things, such as a heated pool. During daily cleaning, the water does not heat up enough and heating is not standard everywhere. Be sure to find out in which months the heating really works. It is also advisable to choose a resort with a gradual entry into the sea. If access is possible only from the pier, it may happen that due to the wind you will not be able to get into the water during the entire stay.
You can also make the holiday more pleasant by providing a room facing south, which will certainly be warmer than a room in the north. An excellent helper can be air conditioning with heating. If you rely on animation programs and other additional services, ask in advance if they are available during the winter months.
If you are not a fan of sea fun and sunbathing, you will be interested to know that in the northern regions of Egypt, Cairo and Alexandria, daily temperatures from October to April are around 24 ° C and both places have their unique charm.
Even during the winter, Egypt does not lose its attractiveness. The influx of tourists continues. Many visitors use this time to discover monuments and history.
Seems like a great opportunity to do some sightseeing?
Definitely! If you choose to stay in Hurghada, there is a traditional trip to Luxor, Cairo or even Dendera and Abydos. From Marsa Alam, Aswan, Edfu or a less usual trip to Shalateen will be more suitable. From both resorts, of course, you can visit all the above places. It’s up to you how much time you want to sacrifice to travel for culture.
A very popular winter affair is a cruise on the Nile. If history does not appeal to you and you would like to go to the sea, do not underestimate the planning and choose a date according to the wind forecast. You will certainly appreciate this step during the cruise, especially if you and your stomach do not have much experience with staying on the boat.
All in all, if you’re still hesitant about where to warm in the winter, the weather in Egypt in December and the other winter months will surely pleasantly surprise you, as there are plenty of opportunities for an active or relaxing holiday.
How to get to Egypt from the UK?
Currently, direct flights to Egypt (Hurgada, Sharm el-Sheik) are operated by EasyJet, British Airways and TUI from many UK cities such as London (Gatwick, Stansted) Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol etc (depending on winter/summer flight schedule). you may also sometimes find cheaper flights with Pegasus Airlines, with a layover in Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport.