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A phenomenon of Egypt’s climate is the hot, spring wind that blows across the country. The winds, known as the khamsin, usually arrive in April but occasionally occur in March and May. The winds reach high velocities and carry great quantities of sand and dust. These sandstorms, often accompanied by winds of up to 85 miles an hour, can cause temperatures to rise as much as 70°F in two hours. The only differences between the seasons are variations in daytime temperatures and changes in prevailing winds. In the coastal regions, temperatures range between an average minimum of 57°F in winter and an average maximum of 86°F in summer.
In spring, we can expect things to be heating up, drying out and mostly due to the strong winds that blow across the country. As a result, this time of year can be very dusty and sandy. But depending on where you are traveling, still expect warmer days and cooler nights.
These are the warmest months, and temperatures will vary widely in the inland desert areas, especially in summer, when they may range from 45°F at night to 109°F during the day. Coastal areas remain a bit cooler, but Egypt is not known for its rain, it's known for its sunshine, so staying near the water this time of year to keep cool is essential.
Things begin to cool down and we head into the most moderate time of year. You will still find desert areas more arid and warmer during the day.
This is the best time to travel to Egypt. During winter, temperatures in the desert fluctuate less dramatically, but they can be as low as 32°F at night and as high as 83°F during the day. Throughout the Delta and the northern Nile Valley, there are occasional winter cold spells accompanied by light frost and even snow. Egypt receives fewer than eighty millimetres of precipitation annually in most areas. Most rain falls along the coast.
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