Best Time to Visit Sharm El Sheikh

P1060602 (Coral Sea Resorts Sharm El Sheikh)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources'
On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Sharm El Sheikh. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Sharm El Sheikh. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Sharm El Sheikh for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 13 °C to 38 °C
Waves Symbol 22 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 00.2 in (0 – 1 Days of Rain)
Show temperatures in degree

Geographical location

The Egyptian city Sharm el-Sheikh (German spelling also Sharm el-Sheikh) lies in the governorate of South Sinai and is its administrative seat.

The town extends at the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula from the Strait of Tiran to the Gulf of Sues. The “City of Peace” is divided into Sharm El Maya, the old town with the traditional market and the holiday resorts Ras Nasrani, Nabq and Naama Bay.

Sharm el Sheikh owns Egypt’s second largest airport, which is mainly served by charter airlines during the holiday season. Until 1967 Sharm el Sheikh was a small fishing village.

The population grew mainly due to tourism. Today, many of the approximately 73,000 inhabitants are immigrants from other parts of the country. Situated on the Red Sea, Sharm el Sheikh’s coastline is characterised by fine sandy beaches and extensive coral reefs.

These are located, for example, in Ras Mohammed National Park, a narrow coastal strip at the southernmost point of the Sinai Peninsula. The Nabq nature reserve is home to the northernmost mangrove forest in the world. The Sharm el Sheikh hinterland is a rocky desert landscape with no significant settlements.

Climate in Sharm el Sheikh

Sonnenuntergang Sharm El Sheikh (Publicdomainpictures)  CC0 Creative Commons 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Sharm el Sheikh, like the rest of the country, has a dry desert climate with very low annual rainfall. The sun shines between 8 and 13 hours a day. In the summer months April to September average temperatures of 32 °C and water temperatures of 26 °C prevail.

The highest values are reached in July and August. The mercury climbs above 40 °C, while the wind from the sea makes you feel lower temperatures. From October to March it is on average 7° colder, at night the thermometer sinks to lowest values of 10° C. There’s almost no rain at all.

Best Time to Visit Sharm El Sheikh: Overview

JanuaryJan
TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
FebruaryFeb
TemperaturesTemp. up to 23 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 26 °C
AprilApr
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in
Sharm El Sheikh
MayMay
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in
Sharm El Sheikh
JuneJun
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in
Sharm El Sheikh
JulyJul
Hauptsaison
jedoch sehr heißjed. sehr heiß
AugustAug
Hauptsaison
jedoch sehr heißjed. sehr heiß
SeptemberSep
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in
Sharm El Sheikh
OctoberOct
Best time to traveltime
PerfectPerf. climate in
Sharm El Sheikh
NovemberNov
TemperaturesTemp. up to 27 °C
DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 23 °C

When is the best travel time for Sharm el Sheikh?


Due to its constant climate Sharm el Sheikh can be visited all year round. The water is warm enough for bathing in all seasons. If you want to get a bargain, you should travel to Sharm el Sheikh in spring between March and May. In the low season, the town has fewer holidaymakers than in the summer months of June to August.

The best travel time for divers is between September and November, when water temperatures are high enough to dive without a wetsuit. In addition, the best visibility conditions under water prevail at this time. In the hinterland the temperatures are felt to be warmer than on the coast. Visitors wishing to tour the desert or Mount Sinai should consider the cooler months of January and February.

All in all we can recommend April to October as the best travel season for Sharm el Sheikh and exclude the two high season months July and August in the sense that the heat in high summer can be enormous and that you therefore have to pay attention to sufficient rest and hydration. But logical – after all, it’s a holiday!

Climate Chart Sharm El Sheikh

Show temperatures in degree

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Sharm El Sheikh

In the following, you will find the climate table for Sharm El Sheikh, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature22°23°26°31°34°37°38°37°35°32°27°23°
Night Temperature13°14°17°21°25°26°27°28°26°23°19°15°
Water Temperature23°22°23°23°25°27°28°29°28°27°26°24°
Precipitation (inch)0.080.160.1600000000.160.2
Rainy days111000000011
Hours of Sunshine101011121313131312111010
Show temperatures in degree
Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 25.8 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (32.5 °C)
Coldest month: January (17.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 0.75 inch on 5 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 13 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 11.4 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights & Attractions


Sharm el Sheikh is especially known for its diving areas. In Ras Mohamed National Park alone there are six underwater areas with their very own charm. The plankton-rich water attracts over 1000 species of fish, including sharks, moray eels and barracudas. Those who do not want to go into the water can marvel at the fascinating coral gardens during a trip with the glass bottom boat or the submarine. A popular destination for a boat trip is the island of Tiran. Visitors cannot go ashore because Tiran is a military spear territory. However, the coral reefs off the coast are perfect for diving and snorkeling. In addition to colourful schools of fish, there are also larger marine animals such as eagle rays, Napoleon wrasse, sharks and sea turtles.

Also on land Sharm el Sheikh has natural beauties to offer. The desert may seem hostile to life, but Bedouins have lived here for centuries. Visitors experience their hospitality on a desert safari. After dinner by candlelight in a traditional Bedouin tent, we go on to observe the stars. The Milky Way shines far away from disturbing lights in a splendour of which one can only dream in the city. However, the most popular excursion destination in the vicinity of Sharm el Sheikh is the Katharinenkloster monastery, where monks have lived since the 6th century. The collection of old folios and relics is second to none. If you want to see a particularly beautiful sight, you can start in the early morning hours and watch the sunrise on the summit of Mount Sinai.

More information about the best things to do: Egypt

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Sharm El Sheikh (Station Naama)
clear sky     clear sky, 31 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 0 mph ONO
Air Pressure: 1013 hPa       Humidity: 55 %
Last updated: 14th Oct 2019, 09:42 pm
The next days …
15th Oct 201916th Oct 201917th Oct 201918th Oct 201919th Oct 201920th Oct 2019
overcast clouds23 °C to 36 °Covercast clouds23 °C to 33 °Csky is clear22 °C to 33 °Csky is clear21 °C to 32 °Csky is clear20 °C to 32 °Csky is clear18 °C to 31 °C
23 °C to 36 °C23 °C to 33 °C22 °C to 33 °C21 °C to 32 °C20 °C to 32 °C18 °C to 31 °C
Clouds: 99 %Clouds: 88 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %Clouds: 0 %
No PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo PrecipitationNo Precipitation
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
Show temperatures in degree

Egypt: Regions

Sharm El Sheikh is part of the holiday destination Egypt. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Share your Experience and Win

We want to know: how was the weather during your Sharm El Sheikh holiday? You can win a travel coupon of 1000 $. The price will be raffled among all submissions. Info Icon
When was your Sharm El Sheikh holiday?
Please rate the weather with 0 to 5 stars.
Describe the travel weather during your holiday in your own words!
First Name
years old
E-Mail (voluntary disclosure, will not be shared)
All information entered will be stored according to our privacy policy.
_1050631 (Coral Sea Resorts Sharm El Sheikh)  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources'
Sinai Peninsula (Thomas Depenbusch (Depi))  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources'
Sinai Peninsula (Thomas Depenbusch (Depi))  [flickr.com]  CC BY 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources'

Destinations in the Vicinity …

Preview: Best Time to Travel Gambia
Best Time to Travel Gambia
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel El Gouna
Best Time to Travel El Gouna
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Egypt
Best Time to Travel Egypt
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel São Tomé and Príncipe
Best Time to Travel São Tomé and Príncipe
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel La Réunion
Best Time to Travel La Réunion
including Climate Table and Climate Chart
Preview: Best Time to Travel Mozambik
Best Time to Travel Mozambik
including Climate Table and Climate Chart