Sharm el Sheikh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Egypt. It is situated on the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula and stretches for almost 30 kilometers along the gulf of Aquaba. From the North West the city is protected from bad weather with the Sinai Mountains. Sharm el Sheikh consists of several districts, the most famous of which is Naama Bay. It’s a kind of Egyptian Las Vegas. This charming world of never-ending entertainment, warm sea, green palm trees, blue sky, and picturesque mountains is an irresistible travel destination, which attracts millions of tourists each year.
For a European, the weather in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, can be described as consisting of two summers: an extremely hot one and a normal one. Seriously though, the year in Sharm el Sheikh can be divided into two periods: hot summer from May to October, and warm winter from November to April.
Sharm el Sheikh Weather in more Detail
Let’s consider the seasons in more detail. Please keep in mind that these are average climatic data; make sure that you check Sharm el Sheikh weather forecast before actually going there.
In summer Sharm el Sheikh weather averages are high both in the daytime and at night. The daytime temperatures in the hottest months, July and August, can reach 45 degrees Celsius. Normal existence for a European becomes possible only in two kinds of environments: in a heavily air-conditioned room or in the water. At night, though, the temperature in this period is not much lower. Yes, it becomes dark, but the air is still hot and thick, around 40 degrees C.
Winter in Sharm el Sheikh
In winter the weather in Sharm el Sheikh can be quite diverse. While one part of the city can be suitable for sunbathing and swimming, you’ll need warm clothes to go to another part. This is why it is quite difficult to explain, what is the weather for Sharm el Sheikh, say, in January: it strongly depends on the district.
In general, the days in winter are quite warm – around 25 °C, while nights are rather cool, say, around 15 °C. This is still way warmer than you would have at home, right?. Though the sun is quite warm, winds can be quite cold. Especially if you are staying in a windy district of Sharm el Sheikh, e.g. Nabq or Montazah.
What is more encouraging for a tourist, the sea remains warm all winter long. It gets warm in summer and cools down very, very slowly. This does not work for swimming pools, however. If you are going to visit Sharm el Sheikh in winter, check twice if your hotel has a heated swimming pool. The water should be warmed up, otherwise it gets so cold at night that the sun cannot heat it enough during the day. This makes swimming suitable only for those who are into extreme sports.
Rain? What Rain?
Though it is highly unlikely that a weather forecast for Sharm el Sheikh includes rain on a winter day, such surprises do happen. And they aren’t the most pleasant ones. Something that you would consider an average, normal brief downpour, can be a sheer natural disaster for Sharm el Sheikh. On the one hand, the local construction methods are not always suitable for rains. Poorly water insulated roofs are not uncommon. On the other hand, the surrounding mountains create a kind of a funnel, due to which the lowland roads quickly get flooded with a mixture of water and sand; this can temporarily make some neighboring tourist destinations inaccessible.
When is the best time to visit this Eden of Egypt?
Sharm el Sheikh weather is generally favourable in any season. This means you’ll always find some fellow tourists, no matter when you come. But, as the proverb goes, tastes differ. So the best time personally for you depends on your preferences. For instance, if you enjoy spending time at the seaside, but would not like to experience extreme heat, we can recommend you to plan your vacation for October or November. In these months the sea is very warm, the weather is mild and pleasant for spending lots of time outdoors.
The period from May to August can seem too hot. There are many tourists – especially from warm European countries – who prefer to schedule their vacations in Sharm el Sheikh for these months. They sunbathe a lot, and come back home being as brown as coconuts. Finally, winter can be slightly cool, especially at night. The see however is still warm enough for swimming. The abundance of sun is enough to escape one’s native rain or snow and get rid of a winter depression.