Weather in Egypt in January
Is January a good time to visit Egypt?
January is a popular time to visit Egypt, particularly for those wishing to escape the cold winter weather in Europe and North America. Although January is technically winter in Egypt, the warm desert temperatures are a welcome relief from the chilly temperatures in countries further north. The cooler months in Egypt mean that it is slightly more difficult to find cheap flights or holiday deals in Egypt in January.
Climate in Egypt in January
The climate in Egypt in January is perfect for those wishing to enjoy the desert without being exhausted by high desert temperatures. Cairo’s average temperature in January lies between 9 and 19°C (48 to 66°F). January is considered to be the rainiest month in Egypt, but this generally amounts to very little precipitation and is not enough to spoil your holiday plans. The average temperature along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast is similar to that of Cairo, but places like Alexandria may get slightly more rain in January – usually less than six days throughout the month. Sharm el-Sheikh and other resorts on the Red Sea are warm with sea temperatures of 22°C (72°F). The average monthly temperature on the Red Sea coast is 13 to 22°C (55 to 72°F) – perfect holiday weather!
What’s on in Egypt in January
Egypt’s Coptic Christian population celebrates Christmas on January 6, which is also regarded as a public holiday in Egypt. Islamic New Year, or Al Hijra, is generally celebrated in January. This event in Egypt is usually marked by Islamic Egyptians attending mosque en masse. The Cairo Book Fair is a popular event in Egypt as it showcases books and art from the Islamic world. The event is aimed at promoting books in Arabic but it also showcases English-language books as well.
What to Pack
The weather in Egypt in January demands a range of clothing. Holidaymakers booking flights to Egypt in January should pack light cool clothes to wear during the day and something slightly warmer for the nights. The temperature differs considerably between day and night and so a cardigan or even light fleece are perfect for the cool desert nights. Daytime clothing should include t-shirts and light pants or skirts. A hat and sunglasses are vital, as is suncream. Visitors to the oasis parts of the desert will also need mosquito repellent.