When to Go in Sharm el Sheikh

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Sharm el-Sheikh is an incredibly beautiful area with a hot, dry climate. Its location on the Red Sea means that the weather is enjoyable at most any time of the year, and 'summer fun' is to be had regardless of the season. That being said, here's what you can expect when you're trying to decide when to go to Sharm el-Sheikh.

Weather

Sharm el-Sheikh has 2 seasons, winter and summer. There is not much variation between the them, other than that winter is hot and summer is hotter. Still, there are a few differences that might swing you 1 way or another when deciding on when to go.

  • Winter lasts from November to March and is definitely the more pleasant season. It's also more popular with divers, as visibility is at its best at the beginning and end of the season. Lows for the season usually reach just 13 to 15 degrees C at night and climb to between 22 and 27 degrees C during the day. You can expect between 8 and 9 hours of sunshine each day and even though it's technically winter, you're going to need lots of sunscreen. Winter does see occasional rain, though it's usually limited to short, heavy bursts that last only a day and occur perhaps once a month.
  • Summer takes over from April through October and sees greater variation in temperatures. At night the lack of humidity causes the lows to reach between 10 and 20 degrees C, and during the day the highs can range between 35 and 45 degrees C. There is absolutely no rain in the summer, and the sun will stay out for 10 hours at least, 13 in mid-season. Reapply your sunscreen regularly, or you're sure to be burned very quickly. The start of the season usually sees the arrival of the Khamsin winds--sandstorms that come from the Sahara--that cause the temperatures to rise sharply and the air to be hazy. You'll want to stay indoors when the Khamsin hits, and know that this type of storm can last for a few days.

Tourism

Tourism continues in Sharm el-Sheikh throughout the year and is the main industry for the area. It doesn't matter when you visit because you're bound to find the beaches full. Prices and availability of accommodations will fluctuate, though.

  • Peak season in Sharm el-Sheikh is summer, particularly from June to August, when the rest of Egypt is boiling and the Red Sea offers its cooling breeze. While there are more flights being offered during the summer, they are often a bit more expensive. Hotels will also raise prices as demand increases. Be sure to book in advance if you want a decent room.
  • Low season, on the other hand, is the winter. There are still flights available, and hotels will be easier to come by and will offer a wider range of choices. Prices also dip as the demand lessens. Keep in mind that divers will flock to the Red Sea in November and March, so if your travel dates coincide with these high water visibility months, you may want to book early to ensure you get a good room. The beaches will be slightly less crowded in winter, and if you stay at any of the upscale resorts you'll be guaranteed access to their private strip of beach.

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October 15, 2009 change by tiffanymparker

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