Egypt in detail

When to go and weather

High Season (Oct–Feb)

  • Egypt’s ‘winter’ is largely sunny and warm, with very occasional rain (more frequent on the Mediterranean).
  • Be prepared for real chill in unheated hotels, especially in damp Alexandria.

Shoulder (Mar & May, Sep & Oct)

  • Spring brings occasional dust storms disrupting flights.
  • Heat can extend into October, when crowds are lighter.
  • Warm seas and no crowds at Mediterranean spots in autumn.

Low Season (Jun–Aug)

  • Scorching summer sun means only the hardiest sightseers visit Upper Egypt.
  • Avoid the Western Desert.
  • High season on the Mediterranean when the weather is cooler than elsewhere, but the coast is crowded and hotel rooms are hard to find.