Best time to visit Sharm el-Sheikh

The best time to visit Sharm el-Sheikh is at the start and end of winter in October and November, and in March and April – temperatures are warm rather than unpleasantly hot and the peak season crowds have left.

This is also the best time for scuba diving, when underwater visibility is at its best.

Sharm el-Sheikh is considered a year-round holiday destination, with clear sunny days year-round.

Sharm el-Sheik weather

Sharm el-Sheik has a subtropical desert climate, with two distinct seasons: a hot summer season from June to September, and a warm winter season from October to May.

Rainfall is rare, averaging at most one millimetre on one day in a month, and humidity is low.

Summer, from mid-May to September, is really hot, with bright sunshine. The heat is intense, and the temperature often climbs beyond 40°C (104°F).

Autumn, in October and November, is sunny and hot, decreasing as the season progresses.

Winter, from December to February, brings mild temperatures with clear skies.

Spring, from March to May, is pleasantly warm at the beginning, becomes progressively hotter; and by May the heat is intense.

What is the best month to visit Sharm el-Sheikh?
March, April, October and November are the best months to visit Sharm el-Sheik, when you can expect warm, sunny weather and perfect conditions for swimming and diving.

December is also an acceptable month, although temperatures drop.

Which is the hottest month in Sharm el-Sheikh?
The hottest month in Sharm el-Sheik is usually August, with an average high temperature of 38°C (100°F) with intense heat and a low of 29°C (84°F). Sea breezes provide some relief to the heat.

On the warmest days of the month, the temperature usually reaches around 45°C (113°F)

The hot season in Sharm lasts from June through September, with an average daily high temperature above 35°C (95°F).

Which is the coldest month in Sharm el-Sheik?
January is the coldest month in Sharm el-Sheik, with an average high temperature of 22°C (71°F) and a low of 14°C (57°F).

The cool season lasts from early-December to mid-March, with an average daily high temperature below 24°C (75°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Sharm el-Sheikh?
The sunniest month of the year in Sharm el-Sheik is usually July with bright sunshine on average for 95% of daylight hours; that's 13 hours of sunshine per day.

There is year-round sunshine in Sharm, with an average of 10 hours per day throughout the year.

What is the humidity in Sharm el-Sheikh?
Sharm el-Sheikh experiences notable seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 31% – 47% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Sharm el-Sheikh?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature. 

The average annual dew point in Sharm el-Sheikh is 11°C (52°F), and varies over the course of the year from dry at 6°C (43°F) to comfortable at 17°C (62°F).

The more humid time of year in Sharm el-Sheikh lasts from late-May through October, during which time the comfort level may feel humid around 25% of the time.

November through April experience low humidity levels.

When is the sea warmest in Sharm el-Sheikh?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Sharm el-Sheik in August when the water temperature reaches 28°C (82°F), which is very pleasant for swimming and diving.

From early-July to mid-October, the water temperature averages above 27°C (80°F), which is excellent for swimming.

From early-January to late-April, the average water temperature drops below 23°C (73°F).

The month with the coldest seawater is February, with an average sea temperature of 21°C (69°F), which is cold for swimming in comfort.

Which month has the most rain in Sharm el-Sheikh?
It rarely rains in Sharm el-Sheik, but November usually has the most rain with an average of 3mm (‹1in), which is distributed across three days.

What is the windiest month in Sharm el-Sheik?
The windiest month of the year in Sharm el-Sheik is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (9 knots; 11 mph).

The windy part of the year lasts from the third week of May through to the end of June, with average wind speeds of more than 16 kilometres per hour (8.6 knots; 10 mph).

The less-windy time of year lasts for 11 months, from July through to the third week of May. The calmest month of the year in Sharm el-Sheik is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 15 kilometres per hour (8 knots; 9 mph).

The predominant average hourly wind direction is from the north throughout the year in Sharm el-Sheik.

What's the likelihood of a sandstorm in Sharm el-Sheik?
Sandstorms are likely at the start of the summer season, known locally as the sirocco or the khamsin.

Sharm el-Sheikh weather averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
22 23 26 30 34 37 38 38 36 32 27 24
Average low temperature (°C)
14 15 18 21 24 27 28 29 27 24 20 16
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
8 9 10 10 11 13 13 12 11 10 9 8
Average daily daylight (hrs)
10 11 12 13 13 14 13 13 12 11 11 10
Comfort level – heat
Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon High heat icon Extreme & humidity icon Extreme & humidity icon Extreme & humidity icon Extreme heat & humidity icon Extreme & humidity icon Hot icon Moderately warm icon Low heat & humidity icon
Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
0 0 1 2 6 14 25 27 22 12 3 0
Average dew point temperature (°C)
6 6 7 9 13 16 17 17 17 15 12 8
Average relative humidity (%)
45 42 39 33 31 35 38 42 42 45 47 46
UV Index (max)
5 6 8 11 11 11+ 11+ 11 10 8 5 4
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
- - 1 - - - - - - - 1 -
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
1 - 1 - - - - - - 1 3 1
Average wind speed (km/h)
16 17 16 15 16 17 15 16 17 15 16 16
Average sea temperature (°C)
22 21 21 23 24 26 27 28 28 27 25 24
Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt

Holiday seasons

High season: Winter from November to February, the Islamic holidays and Easter.

Low season: Summer from June to August sees discounted hotel rooms and less people. Beaches are less crowded.

Note: Islamic holidays are influenced by the lunar-based Islamic, or hejira calendar.

Sharm el-Sheikh weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for Sharm el-Sheik is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by the Egyptian Meteorological Authority (EMA) from the closest weather station: Sharm el-Sheik International Airport (SSH), which is located less than 4km (2mi) north of the centre of Sharm el-Sheik.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

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Latest update: When to visit Sharm el-Sheikh: 5 July, 2024

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