Sharm El Sheikh: Live Weather Reports
Live weather in Sharm El Sheikh
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- Sunrise 06:11
- Sunset 16:47
- Moonrise 16:40
- Moonset 05:17
|Temp feels like:||21°C (70°F)|
|Length of Day:||10h 24m|
|Dew Point:||9°C (48°F)|
|Pressure:||29.95" (1014 hpa)|
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Weather Overview for Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh sits on the southern tip of the Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba. It enjoys a hot and dry desert climate with just two seasons throughout the year – winter which typically lasts from November to February and summer which falls between March and October. During summer, average temperatures range between a mild 21°C and a scorching 33°C, whilst winter sees slightly cooler average temperatures ranging between a low of 18°C and a high of 23°C.
However, the difference in temperature really is the only main difference in terms of weather between summer and winter in Sharm el Sheik – the average sea temperature, average daily sunshine hours and average rainfall stay very constant throughout the month.
Sharm el Sheikh’s coastal location on the Red Sea means it’s milder than interior regions of Egypt, such as Cairo and Luxor. The moderating effects of the cool sea breeze and the northwest prevailing winds which come over from the Mediterranean help protect the resort from the real temperature extremes seen in the desert. The absence of rain in Sharm el Sheik can be attributed to the huge rain shadow caused by North Africa’s Atlas Mountains and the area’s flat topography which provides no obstacle to winds.
While on land Sharm El Sheikh’s hot, arid climate has resulted in a never ending sandy desert, underwater the landscape is full of exotic life and colour. The Red Sea coral thrives in these constantly hot and nutrient rich waters and provides a home to many rare species of marine life, such as the masked butterflyfish, the Picasso triggerfish, the red sea flasher wrasse and the red sea anemonefish.
Relaxing bohemian-style lounges by the Red Sea in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Over the course of the summer season in Sharm el Sheikh, average temperatures start off at a mild 21°C in March and rapidly climb until they peak at 33°C in July and August. After these months, average temperatures begin to fall until they reach 27°C by October. This makes March the coolest summer month – with average highs of 25°C during the daytime and average lows of 16°C at night – and August the hottest summer month – with average highs of 37°C during the daytime and average lows of 28°C at night.
The big difference between daytime and night time temperatures can be attributed to the high level of insolation – the opposite of insulation – which is caused by incredibly low humidity levels. The low humidity helps to make the intense Sharm el Sheikh heat slightly more bearable. So while it can be ridiculously hot, it’s not as uncomfortable as it is in the humid tropics.
The cool sea breeze also provides some relief from the heat, but really it is too hot to be outside for long between 11am and 4pm during summer – the hottest time of the day. A good way to cool down at this time of year in Sharm el Sheikh is to take a dip in the sea. Average sea temperatures are at their coolest in March when they’re just 22°C, whilst they’re at their hottest in August, when they peak at 29°C.
Sunbathing at the beach combined with quick dips in the sea, boat trips, scuba diving and snorkelling with an inch of sun tan lotion protecting your skin can all be enjoyed in comfort during the morning, late afternoon and early evening. Air-conditioning is an absolute must-have in your accommodation and when you’re outside, you should always carry plenty of water and sun tan lotion with you, as the risk of sunburn, sun stroke and dehydration is extremely high in summer in Sharm el Sheikh.
In June, July and August – the sunniest months of the year – the sun shines for a staggering 13 hours each day. During March when the sun shines the least, there are still 11 hours of the stuff every day. Strangely, July is the cloudiest month of the year, when median cloud coverage ranges between 83% (mostly cloudy) at the start of the month and 28% (mostly clear) by the end of the month.
Despite the high cloud coverage, the clouds you see in Sharm el Sheikh in summer are certainly not rain clouds. Between March and May, the resort is subject to a mere average of 1mm of rainfall each month which drops down to an average of 0mm of rainfall between July and September. October is the wettest summer month, however only 2mm of rainfall occurs at this time of year, which is so little that it’s barely noticeable.
Between the end of the winter season and the beginning of the summer season, sandstorms are quite likely to occur in Sharm el Sheikh. When the sirocco – also called the khamsin – wind blows, temperatures soar and the sky becomes hazy, considerably reducing visibility. If the wind gathers enough speed it can whip up violent clouds of swirling sand that reduce visibility even further and bring everyday life to a standstill. In order for a khamsin to occur, winds need to blow over Sharm el Sheikh in an easterly direction from the north of Africa. When these winds cross over the Sahara Desert, they bring with them the high temperatures and air-borne sand which causes the loss of visibility.
The sun setting over the beach Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.
Winter in Sharm el Sheik is significantly cooler than summer, with average temperatures beginning at a warm 23°C in November, dropping down to a low of 18°C in January and creeping up to 19°C by February. This makes January is the coldest month of winter for Sharm el Sheikh – with average highs of 22°C during the daytime and average lows of 13°C at night – and November the warmest winter month – with average highs of 27°C during the daytime and average lows of 18°C during the night.
Between mid-December and mid-February, nights can get very chilly in Sharm el Sheikh. However, these cold temperatures are nothing compared to the bitingly cold after-dark temperatures experienced further inland, when temperatures regularly reach freezing point.
The sea temperature stays fairly constantly throughout the year in Sharm el Sheikh, which means that the winter season is a great time to do for a dip without worrying about overheating in the heat, like you would risk in summer. During winter, the sea is at its coolest in February, when temperatures drop down to 22°C. At the other end of the scale, the sea is at its warmest in October, when temperatures reach 26°C.
Average sunshine hours drop slightly in the winter season – the sunniest month is November with ten daily hours of sunshine, whilst January and December are the least sunny months, with nine hours of sun each day. Contrary to what you might have thought, winter months in Sharm el Sheikh are generally less cloudy than the summer months. Winter median cloud coverage peaks at 52% (partly cloudy) in October and drops down to a low of 43% (mostly clear) by February.
In spite of the relatively high cloud coverage, these clouds aren’t rain clouds. Even in the winter season, rainfall is extremely low. The wettest month of the year is December, when a mere 4mm falls over the course of one day. November sees an average of 3mm of rainfall, January 1mm and February 2mm.
In terms of temperature, the best time to visit Sharm el Sheikh is in the transitional period between summer and winter – April, October and November. During these months, daytime temperatures are warm enough without being scorching, whilst night time temperature are cool enough to provide some respite from the heat without being too cold. These months are also best for travellers interested in scuba diving, when sea visibility is clearest.
Tropical fish and exotic coral at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt