Egypt in August: Weather, Tips and More
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If you dream of a summer holiday sprinkled with history, culture, water activities, and mango season, then you are ready for Egypt in August—just make sure steamy weather is your cup of tea. Not only will prices be friendlier and visitors fewer, but wonders like the Pyramids of Giza are no less spectacular in August, and you can beat the heat on the Egyptian beaches, which welcome travelers with slightly cooler temperatures and luxurious hotels. Keep reading to find out what your trip to Egypt can look like this month.
Egypt Weather in August
It is no secret that Egypt in August is hot depending on where you plan to go. The temperature in Egypt varies, with the first half of the month being considerably hotter. Expect an average temperature of 33°C during the day and 22°C at night in Cairo, while Luxor and Abu Simbel have sweltering temperatures of 41°C at night and 25°C during the day. Hurghada and Sharm El-Sheik, with temperatures of 37°C during the day and 28°C at night mixed with a cool sea breeze, together with all the other gorgeous spots along the Egyptian coast and the Sinai Peninsula, are some of the best places to be. Egypt also sees 13 hours of daylight in August, perfect to explore the sites and enjoy the sandy shores and warm waters.
For a seasonal overview, see our guide on the best time to visit Egypt.
Weather in Egypt in August - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||18||18||22||27||32||34||34||33||32||28||23||19|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||9||9||12||15||18||20||22||22||20||18||14||10|
|Avg Daily (°F)||64.4||64.4||71.6||80.6||89.6||93.2||93.2||91.4||89.6||82.4||73.4||66.2|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||48.2||48.2||53.6||59||64.4||68||71.6||71.6||68||64.4||57.2||50|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||15||4||8||7||0||0||1||0||5||5||1||3|
Why Visit Egypt in August
The August heat can be a lot to handle for some travelers but there are many advantages to heading to Egypt this month. Here are some of the best reasons for visiting Egypt in August, despite the heat:
- Better rates: August might be the peak domestic holiday season, but the country's high season is winter, meaning hotels will offer friendlier prices, and airfare is often discounted.
- Fewer crowds: The intense heat in August is not for everyone, so while your days will be hot and sunny, you will also notice a refreshing lack of people.
- Water activities: Whether you are looking for thrilling watersports like surfing or scuba diving, or you prefer unwinding boat trips and entertaining snorkeling sessions, in August, visitors can look forward to choosing from plenty of water activities in Egypt.
Where to go and what to do
The best place to be in Egypt in August is on the coast. Head towards Hurghada, a former tiny fishing village turned into a luxurious resort town. Located by the Red Sea, Hurghada will help you beat the August heat with lush hotel amenities and scuba diving sessions. If you want to enjoy one of the best spots for diving in the world, the famous beach resort Sharm el-Sheik is your answer. While here, don’t miss the camel rides to Mount Sinai or an air-conditioned jeep tour to the Coloured Canyon.
Delve into the history of Cairo, discover its world-class archaeological wonders, and admire the breathtaking architecture without missing the Pyramids of Giza and the renowned nighttime Sound and Light Show. Alexandria, the ancient capital, awaits you with a once-imposing Roman Amphitheater, the compelling Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, and Alexandria Library. Keep in mind that when you plan your outdoor sightseeing trips, schedule your visits early in the day to avoid the heat.
For cultural events, join the local celebration of the annual flooding of the River Nile, Wafaa El-Nil, a festival of poetry readings, concerts, and artistic events, starting every 15th of August.
Another great option to beat the August heat is to board an Egyptian sailboat, known as a felucca, or an air-conditioned cruise ship and sail the Nile, seeing the sights along the way.
What to Bring
If you are wondering what to wear in Egypt in August, the steamy days and warm nights make it appropriate to bring clothes made of lightweight, breathable fabrics. Also, since the country is dusty, wearing white might not be the best idea. No matter how hot, respecting the Egyptian culture and dress code is mandatory. Dress modestly at all times and avoid revealing wardrobe pieces unless you’re on the beach.
Whether you dream of a luxurious resort getaway, adrenaline-boosting water sports, or a historical affair with the world of the pharaohs, a holiday to Egypt will bring you all that and much more. You can read our article on how many days to spend in Egypt to plan out your itinerary. And, if you are feeling insecure about planning your next vacation or prefer a customized trip to Egypt, ask our experts!
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