Egypt in July: Weather Tips and Religious Tours
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Gaze at the magnificent pyramids and explore the Valley of the Kings while there are fewer visitors around and prices are at their lowest in July. Yes, weather conditions in Egypt may not be all too welcoming to visit these sites during this time, but it is also your best bet to see these ancient monuments more intimately. Moreover, Egypt is not just a desert destination. There are plenty of stunning coastal regions with much more bearable temperatures to enjoy your stay while touring Egypt in July. Snorkeling in the Red Sea or lounging next to the Mediterranean surely sounds like a great way to spend the summer.
Egypt Weather in July
Egypt is hot in July. The country sees an average high temperature of 34°C during daytime in this month, while the nighttime temperature hovers around 22°C. It gets much hotter in some parts of the country than in others. Plus, humidity is low, around 58 percent. Cairo’s temperatures in July align with the countrywide average, with highs of 35°C and lows of 23°C, while Alexandria has slightly lower temperatures, between 30°C and 23°C.
Luxor experiences some of the highest temperatures at this time of year, with the mercury reaching 41°C, while the average low stands at 25°C. Dahab on the Red Sea coast also sees temperatures on par with the rest of the country, between 35°C and 26°C. So expect dry heat around most parts of the country if you are planning to visit Egypt in July.
Check out our seasonal overview for the best time for you to visit Egypt.
Weather in Egypt in July - 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 July
Braving the summer heat of Egypt in July is more than worth it considering these fantastic reasons.
- Eid al-Adha: Egypt observes Eid al-Adha, one of the two major festivals of Islam, in July. The festival celebrates and honors the sacrifices of Prophet Ibrahim. To mark this festival, people wear new clothes and eat sour food like lupin beans on their way to the mosque and feast on meat for four days. This is a great time to learn more about Islam and Egyptian culture.
- Better rates: Since July is part of the low season in Egypt, accommodation, transport and tours can be booked at cheaper rates, which is perfect for people traveling to Egypt on a budget.
- Lesser crowd: Many people cower when the mercury rises above 30°C. However, for those who do not mind the heat, they will reap the benefit of enjoying Egypt’s top attractions without crowds to distract them.
- Great time for scuba diving: Scuba divers and enthusiasts flock to Egypt’s coastal areas from around the world to explore and enjoy its marine life and coral reefs during this month. Check out our water sports tours in Egypt.
Where to go and what to do
July is big in terms of both secular and religious holidays in Egypt. The country’s Islamic community performs the sacred Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca during this month and due to this reason July is also called ‘Dhu al-Hijjah’ (the month of pilgrimage). A curious tradition that can be seen while touring Cairo and Luxor is Hajj murals painted by pilgrims who have completed their journey.
Enjoy asab el sokar, a sweet and refreshing juice made by crushing sugarcane, during your trip in July. Often called the most beloved drink in the country, you can grab a serving of this in corner stalls or from hawkers in traffic to beat the Sahara heat.
The country’s largest public celebration takes place on 23 July and commemorates the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. The celebrations include grand military parades and concerts on television. These events, along with fireworks and celebrations across the country, start on the eve of Revolution Day. Plus, this event also sees highly regarded performances at the Egyptian Opera House and the National Center for Theater, Music and Folklore.
The Red Sea coast is a must for anyone heading for Egypt in July. Reward yourself with a beachside stay after braving the heat at the country’s main attractions. Sahl Hasheesh is a particularly popular destination in the Red Sea, with scores of islands and reefs sitting in the bay, ready to be explored. Check out our great itineraries for Egpyt and plan a trip to the Red Sea coast.
What to bring
If you are wondering what to pack, keep it as little as possible considering sweltering temperatures in Egypt, but it is important to keep local customs in mind. Light-colored cotton clothing is a must to withstand Egyptian summer heat. Women should also carry a shawl to cover their heads and shoulders while on religious tours in Egypt. Carry a sunblock lotion and a UV-resistant umbrella for extra protection from the sun, especially when visiting remote archeological sites.
July is the hottest and driest time of year in Egypt. However, it is also a great time to tick off the country’s top attractions at your own pace. Of course, you can always compensate for the sweltering heat by visiting coastal areas of the country to enjoy the perfect beach holiday. The best part of it all is that the prices of travel and accommodation are much cheaper than in the peak tourist season. Speak to our local travel specialists to organize a customized trip to Egypt here.
Check out our tours to Egypt in July for more ideas.