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Average Weather in Sharm el-Sheikh Egypt

In Sharm el-Sheikh, the summers are long, hot, muggy, arid, and clear and the winters are comfortable, dry, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 57°F to 95°F and is rarely below 52°F or above 99°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.9 months, from May 28 to September 24, with an average daily high temperature above 90°F. The hottest day of the year is August 3, with an average high of 95°F and low of 84°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 5 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 76°F. The coldest day of the year is January 21, with an average low of 57°F and high of 71°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in Sharm el-SheikhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMhotcoolwarmcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

In Sharm el-Sheikh, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Sharm el-Sheikh begins around May 24 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around October 22. On June 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 98% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 2% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around October 22 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around May 24. On December 18, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 25% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 75% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in Sharm el-SheikhclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 2398%Jun 2398%Dec 1875%Dec 1875%May 2486%May 2486%Oct 2287%Oct 2287%clearovercastmostly clearmostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

Sharm el-Sheikh does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 0% to 2%, with an average value of 0%.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 2% on January 3.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Sharm el-SheikhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 32%Jan 32%May 260%May 260%Jan 12%Jan 12%Nov 41%Nov 41%
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

The sliding 31-day quantity of rainfall in Sharm el-Sheikh does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Sharm el-Sheikh varies over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 22 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Sharm el-SheikhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2013 hr, 55 minJun 2113 hr, 55 minJun 2112 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 2210 hr, 22 minDec 2110 hr, 22 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 4:45 AM on June 9, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 49 minutes later at 6:35 AM on January 11. The earliest sunset is at 4:46 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 56 minutes later at 6:43 PM on July 1.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Sharm el-Sheikh during 2017.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Sharm el-SheikhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PMJun 94:45 AMJun 94:45 AM6:43 PMJul 16:43 PMJul 1Dec 14:46 PMDec 14:46 PM6:35 AMJan 116:35 AMJan 11daynightnightnightnight
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Sharm el-Sheikh experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 24 to October 30, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 23% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 18, with muggy conditions 88% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is January 1, with muggy conditions 1% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Sharm el-SheikhmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 11%Jan 11%88%Aug 1888%Aug 18May 2423%May 2423%Oct 3023%Oct 3023%humidhumiddrydrymuggymuggymiserablemiserableoppressiveoppressivecomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Sharm el-Sheikh does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 5.4 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Sharm el-SheikhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mphJun 125.8 mphJun 125.8 mphJul 215.1 mphJul 215.1 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Sharm el-Sheikh is from the north throughout the year.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Sharm el-SheikhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westnorthsouth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Sharm el-Sheikh is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.

The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.2 months, from July 8 to October 15, with an average temperature above 81°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 8, with an average temperature of 83°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.7 months, from January 4 to April 26, with an average temperature below 74°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 22, with an average temperature of 72°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from May 5 to August 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 8.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 6 to February 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 3.9 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Sharm el-SheikhbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJun 228.5 kWhJun 228.5 kWhDec 193.9 kWhDec 193.9 kWhMay 57.6 kWhMay 57.6 kWhAug 267.6 kWhAug 267.6 kWhNov 64.9 kWhNov 64.9 kWhFeb 34.8 kWhFeb 34.8 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sharm el-Sheikh are 27.916 deg latitude, 34.330 deg longitude, and 135 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Sharm el-Sheikh contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 335 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 110 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (3,609 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,589 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Sharm el-Sheikh is covered by bare soil (48%), water (18%), artificial surfaces (16%), and shrubs (14%), within 10 miles by bare soil (48%) and water (41%), and within 50 miles by water (63%) and bare soil (34%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Sharm el-Sheikh, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sharm el-Sheikh.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sharm el-Sheikh according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Sharm el-Sheikh is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sharm el-Sheikh and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: El Tor (60%, 75 kilometers, northwest) and Hurghada International Airport (40%, 97 kilometers, southwest).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.