Weather Egypt in January

January is a delightful time to visit Egypt, as it falls during the country's mild winter. With cooler temperatures and mostly sunny days, it offers a comfortable climate for exploring ancient sites and experiencing vibrant culture. While some regions may experience occasional rainfall, overall, the weather in Egypt in January provides an excellent opportunity to discover historical wonders and natural beauty.

How's the weather in Egypt in January?

The weather in Egypt in January experiences mild and pleasant weather, making it an ideal time to explore Cairo and the Nile Valley as both enjoy daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), with cooler evenings and nights.

Cooler weather makes it less taxing to explore expansive outdoor sites like the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens in Luxor. Likewise, Giza’s pyramids may be busy but are easier to explore when it’s not so hot.

Coastal areas like Alexandria and Hurghada have slightly higher temperatures, averaging around 18°C to 23°C (64°F to 73°F), offering a comfortable climate for beach activities and water sports.

Planning to go in a different month? Make sure to read our tips about the best time to visit Egypt.


January is a great time to visit the Giza Pyramids ©Shutterstock

Is January a good time to visit Egypt?

January is an excellent time to visit Egypt, as it falls during the country's cool and dry winter season. With pleasant temperatures and clear skies, it offers ideal conditions for exploring ancient sites, cruising the Nile, and enjoying outdoor activities.

The historic sites of Aswan and Abu Simbel are best explored during cooler months such as January. If you’re arriving from a northern hemisphere winter, head to the Red Sea coast for some sun.

Is Egypt warm in January?

Despite being winter, Egypt is generally warm in January. In destinations like Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, temperatures tend to be mild to warm during the day, with average high temperatures ranging from 15 to 23°C (59 to 73°F).

However, it can get cooler in the evenings and nights, with average low temperatures ranging from 6 to 13°C (43 to 55°F).

The southern parts of Egypt, particularly areas along the Red Sea coast such as Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, generally have warmer temperatures compared to northern regions, with average highs ranging from 21 to 26°C (70 to 79°F).

Average rainfall in Egypt in January

The weather in Egypt in January experiences minimal rainfall, especially in popular tourist destinations. Cities like Cairo and Luxor typically see little to no rain during this month. The Red Sea coastal areas, such as Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, may experience occasional light showers, but they are rare.

Overall, January is characterized by dry and sunny weather, making it an ideal time to visit Egypt's historical landmarks and enjoy its natural beauty.

Hurghada El Mina mosque, Egypt © Pixabay

Hurghada El Mina mosque, Egypt © Pixabay

Festivals and events in Egypt in January

There are several festivals and events that take place in Egypt during the month of January. Here are some of them:

  • New Year’s Day (1 January): An official national holiday.
  • Coptic Christmas (7 January): Celebrations of the Orthodox Christmas in Egypt, marked by religious processions and traditional festivities.
  • Revolution Day 2011 and National Police Day (25 January): This double holiday celebrates both the day of the beginning of the Egyptian Revolution against President Mubarak in 2011, and the police’s resistance against the British Army in 1952 during the final months of the colonial era.

For more practical guidance that will help you make the most of your trip, have a chat with our local Egypt experts, who can help you plan your dream trip.

Ties Lagraauw

written by
Ties Lagraauw

updated 19.12.2023

Ties is a true world explorer - whether it be for work or leisure! As Content Manager at RoughGuides, and the owner of Dutch travel platform, Ties is constantly on the move, always looking for new destinations to discover.

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