Weather Egypt in May

May ushers in the beginning of summer in Egypt, offering warm temperatures and longer daylight hours. It is an inviting time to explore the country's diverse landscapes, relax on pristine beaches, and delve into its rich historical heritage. As temperatures begin to rise and tourists disperse, May is the ideal time for budget travellers to visit Egypt, with plenty of great deals usually to be found. Let's diver deeper into the weather in Egypt in May.

What's the weather like in Egypt in May?

During May, Egypt experiences warm and sunny weather, creating an enjoyable climate for outdoor activities and sightseeing.

Cairo and the Nile Valley enjoy daytime temperatures ranging from 26°C to 33°C (79°F to 91°F), while coastal destinations such as Hurghada and Marsa Alam bask in temperatures around 28°C to 34°C (82°F to 93°F).

It's an excellent time to visit Luxor's ancient temples, unwind on the Red Sea coast, or embark on a desert safari. Keep in mind that temperatures can be higher in southern regions.

Planning your visit in another month? Read our page about the best time to visit Egypt.


May is a perfect time to visit the Giza Pyramids ©Shutterstock

Is May a good time to visit Egypt?

May can be a good time to visit Egypt, although the weather starts to become hotter as summer approaches.

It offers fewer crowds, more affordable prices, and an opportunity to explore Egypt's historical sites and enjoy water activities along the coastlines such as Alexandria.

Is Egypt warm in May?

Egypt is generally warm in May. As the spring season progresses into summer, temperatures in Egypt continue to rise, and May can be fairly warm, especially in the southern regions.

In locations like Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan, average high temperatures in May range from around 30 to 36°C (86 to 97°F).

These temperatures can be quite hot, especially during the middle and latter parts of the month. Average low temperatures during the night range from approximately 19 to 24°C (66 to 75°F).

On the Red Sea coast, including popular beach destinations like Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh, temperatures are also quite warm. Average highs in May can range from 32 to 38°C (90 to 100°F), making it a great time for beach activities and water sports.

Average rainfall in Egypt in May

May is generally a dry month in Egypt, with minimal rainfall across the country.

Cities like Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan experience very little precipitation during this time. Coastal areas along the Red Sea may encounter occasional light showers, but they are rare.

The temperatures begin to rise, and the weather becomes warmer, making it a suitable time for beach activities and exploring ancient wonders.

Find even more options for your trip in our list of the best holiday destinations in May.

Festivals and events in Egypt in May

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

  • Labour Day (1 May) Like Workers’ Day in many other countries and a day off for all Egyptians.
  • Abu Simbel Festival (22 May): A mesmerizing event where the sunlight aligns with the statues of Ramses II inside the Abu Simbel Temples, creating a breathtaking sight.
  • Shamandeel Festival (dates vary): A cultural festival in Aswan celebrating the Nubian heritage through music, dance, and traditional crafts.

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.

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updated 02.07.2023

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