Coastal Cities: A Breath of Fresh Air
The coastal cities of Egypt, such as Alexandria on the Mediterranean coastline and Hurghada on the Red Sea, experience slightly different weather patterns compared to the interior parts of the country.
The sea breezes from the Mediterranean and the Red Sea help to moderate the temperatures, making the summer months more bearable and the winter months slightly warmer.
For instance, in Alexandria, the average high temperature in July, which is the hottest month, is around 30°C (86°F), considerably cooler than Cairo’s average high of 35°C (95°F). Conversely, in January, which is the coldest month, the average low temperature is around 9°C (48°F), slightly warmer than Cairo’s average low of 8°C (46°F).
In Hurghada, a popular seaside resort on the Red Sea, the average high temperature in August, the hottest month, is around 37°C (99°F), while the average low in January, the coldest month, is around 13°C (55°F).
The sea temperatures remain warm throughout the year, ranging from 22°C (72°F) in February to 28°C (82°F) in August, making it an ideal location for water sports and beach activities.
Southern Egypt: The Heat of the Desert
Southern Egypt, known for its iconic historical sites, experiences some of the highest temperatures in the country. Cities like Luxor and Aswan, located in the heart of the desert, bear the brunt of the intense summer heat.
The average high temperature in these cities during the peak of summer in July can reach a scorching 41°C (106°F). However, the desert climate ensures clear skies and low humidity, making the heat more bearable.
In contrast, the winter months in southern Egypt are mild and pleasant, with average high temperatures in January around 23°C (73°F) and average low temperatures around 8°C (46°F). This makes it an ideal time to explore the ancient temples and monuments without the intense heat.