The average climate in Sharm el Sheikh can be summed up in two words: hot and dry. There are two main seasons. During winter, it is hot during the day and cool at night. Summer tends to be extremely hot during both the day and night. Rainfall is rare, and the sun shines nearly every day. Pack your sunglasses and sunscreen!
Summer typically lasts from April to October. Temperatures are very high during this season, which many people may find uncomfortable. Nights occasionally have low humidity, which can help ease the heat. The sea breeze can also provide some relief. If you come during the summer, be sure to plan some indoor activities to escape the heat and remember to stay hydrated. Make sure that your hotel has air conditioning – it is a necessity here.
You can also beat the heat by snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, and other aquatic activities. Always carry sunscreen, water, and a hat when you go outside. You should know the signs of dehydration and heat stroke in case of emergency. With proper planning, you should have no problems enjoying the summer weather.
June and July are the sunniest months. During this time, the sun might shine for twelve to thirteen hours per day! There is a higher likelihood of sandstorms and high winds. In addition to the soaring temperatures, the sky may become hazy. If a sandstorm blows into the city from the Sahara, everyday life may be brought to a standstill.
Rain usually falls from November to March. If you are seeking more moderate temperatures, the best time to plan your visit to Sharm el Sheikh is for the beginning and end of winter. Nights can be chilly from the middle of December to the middle of February; temperatures can even fall to freezing levels in the desert. Sunshine reduces drastically to eight to nine hours daily. There are high chances of rainfall during the winter; you will experience rainfall at least once every month. Storms are short, but heavy. Flash flooding is often unavoidable and sandstorms may occur toward the end of the season.
The absence of rain is a result of both the region’s flat topography and the big rain shadow originating from North Africa’s Atlas Mountains. The nutrient rich Red Sea, home to a wide variety of tropical fish, thrives during the winter when temperatures are cooler. Therefore, the best time for scuba diving is early and late winter.