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Best Times to Visit Cairo

The best times to visit Cairo are from March to April and from October to November. These short shoulder seasons welcome comfortable temperatures, fewer crowds and low hotel rates on most days of the week. Winter is by far the most popular time to visit Egypt's capital because the days are warm and sunny and the evenings are cool and breezy. If you're planning a trip between December and February, you can expect swarms of tourists. You'll find the best deals on hotels during the summer, but for many, battling the heat isn't worth the savings.

Weather in Cairo

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Average Temperature (°F)
66
48.2
68.7
49.5
74.3
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82.9
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89.6
63.9
93
68.2
94.5
71.6
93.6
71.8
90.7
68.9
84.6
63.3
76.6
57.4
68.5
50.7
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Average Precipitation (in)
0.2
0.15
0.15
0.04
0.02
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0.03
0.15
0.23
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

December-February

Winter is prime tourist season in Cairo, with visitors hoping to pair sightseeing with pleasant weather. Average daytime temperatures rest in the upper 60s, and evenings usher in cool, refreshing breezes. While visiting at this time of year may sound tempting, keep in mind that you'll be battling long lines at the city's main attractions (especially the Pyramids of Giza). Since this is the peak tourist season, plan on making your hotel reservations at least a month or two in advance to ensure availability.

Key Events:

  • Coptic Christmas (January)
March-April

Springtime is a great time to visit Cairo: The winter crowds are waning and the weather is gorgeous. Expect daytime highs in the mid-70s to low 80s and cooler winds come nightfall. Hotel prices aren't quite at their lowest yet, but if you book three to four weeks in advance, you shouldn't have trouble finding something reasonable.

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May-September

Spending summertime in a desert climate does not appeal to most travelers. Average daytime temperatures hover in the high 80s and low to mid-90s, although they have been known to cross into triple digits from time to time. And the lack of rain can leave the city feeling parched. However, because your fellow travelers can't beat the heat, you're bound to find some fantastic hotel deals during this scorching season. Hotel prices rise during Ramadan, though, so plan your trip around the holiday if you're sticking to a tight budget.

Key Events:

  • Moulid of Abu el-Haggag (May)
  • Ramadan (May-June)
October-November

Late fall marks another sweet spot in Cairo's tourism calendar: The summer heat retreats and the winter crowds have yet to arrive. Expect daytime temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s. Hotel prices will occasionally climb, but you can nab a pretty good deal if you book a month or more in advance.

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Popular Times to Visit Cairo

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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