INFORMATION, Weather, Clothing
Weather in Egypt
General The climate of Egypt is characterized by a hot season from May to October and a cool season from October to May. Extreme temperatures during both seasons are moderated by the prevailing northern winds.
-In the coastal region average annual temperatures range from a maximum of 37° C (99° F) to a minimum of 14° C (57° F). Wide variations of temperature occur in the deserts, ranging from a maximum of 46° C (114° F), during daylight hours, to a minimum of 6° C (42° F) after sunset. During the winter season desert temperatures often drop to 0° C (32° F).
The most humid area is along the Mediterranean coast, where the average annual rainfall is about 200mm. Precipitation decreases rapidly to the south; Cairo receives on average only about 29mm of rain each year, and in many desert locations it may rain only once in several years!
The Egyptian summer (May to August) is hot and dry in most of the country, and humid in the Delta and along the Mediterranean Coast. In recent years the humidity has spread to Cairo.
Fall (Autumn) (Sep-Dec) very pleasant warm weather that can be hot in the south
Winter (Dec to March) is mild with some rain, but usually it is bright, sunny days with cold nights.
weather is colder than most people anticipate, and cold winds blow over the desert at sunrise and sunset. Even when it is warm outside, it can be surprisingly cold inside the massive stone Temples. .
Spring (March-June) generally pleasant weather but there are 50 days called Khamsin between March and April, when sandstorms can occur sporadically, blowing in different places according to the wind direction.
Travel clothing should be light and comfortable, 100% cotton clothing is the best and Sport shoes are highly recommended!
During the summertime, sun protection is the most important single consideration for an Egypt trip, especially for the fair-skinned. Wearing a sunhat is essential. Cheap, and pure cotton, sunhats are made locally and available everywhere.
In winter, showers can fall everywhere, so bring a few items of light but warm clothing, so that you can cope with the cold mornings or the occasional light rain .
Bring one or two dressy outfits along for evenings out, especially for parties, and special occasions or just to get out of your tour clothes! If you are staying in a hotel or on a cruise boat.
Also bring a swimsuit, as most good hotels and cruise ships have nice, warm, swimming pools.
If you are heading out into the desert, you will get dry quickly, so make sure that you have water with you. Egyptian mineral water is available everywhere .
Egypt is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. It has a wealth of magnificent pyramids, gigantic temples and splendid imperial palaces that are universally unrivalled. Between them all, running like a giant highway, you will find Africa’s proudest river, the Nile. Egypt welcomes you to explore the secrets of the pyramids and the tombs of the pharaohs. The Temples of Luxor and Karnak are enormous in scale, quite unlike anything else ever seen before. With their soaring columns and obelisks and life-like wayside of ram-headed sphinxes, the city is bound to entrance you. From Luxor there is access to the famous Valley of the Kings, where the opened tomb of King Tutankhamen lies. Nearby, in the Valley of the Queens the beautifully decorated Tomb of Queen Nefertari is sometimes open to a limited number of visitors daily. The wall paintings of the Tombs of the Nobles can be viewed in colours as fresh as if they had been completed just yesterday. Luxor to Aswan, with its mix of ancient wonders and modern-day buildings, can be reached by Nile cruiser, train, bus or even camel. South of Aswan lies Abu Simbel, saved from drowning in Lake Nasser by UNESCO, and a true marvel of engineering skill in both ancient and modern times.
The pyramids have to be experienced to be understood. With their massive size and imposing presence, their construction is still a mystery. Modern Egypt is a thriving country with a history pre-dating the pharaohs. It is a land of variety, based on the narrow, fertile ribbon bordering the Nile as well as on the dedicated workforce found in Cairo. There began the culture of Islam, and the inspiring mosques of today are a tribute to the strong belief system of this modern Muslim society.
Egypt is a land of exotic sights, smells and sounds. It tantalizes all the senses, and Nile Travel encourages you to visit this truly remarkable country and see for yourself what it is that makes
Egypt one of the greatest countries of ancient times .Egypt is located in the northeast corner of Africa. Almost square in shape, it covers an area of one million km². The longest distance is from north to south at 1 085 km, and the widest distance east to west at about 1 240 km. More than 90% of the country consists of desert area. , 11 to 15 km wide. To the east of the valley is the Eastern (Arabian) Desert – a barren plateau bounded on its eastern edge
Only about 6% of the vast country is inhabited, along the banks of the Nile. This fertile Nile Valley is a narrow strip by a high ridge of mountains and the Red Sea. Sinai, east of the Suez Canal, includes Mount Catherine, Egypt’s highest mountain at 2 642 m . To the west of the Nile Valley is the Western Desert – a plateau with plush oases scattered about a vast desert. The Nile flows through Egypt from south to north. Lower Egypt is the north and Upper Egypt is the south, because the country slopes downhill towards the Mediterranean Sea. Going upriver means heading south to Luxor and Aswan, and going down the Nile means heading north towards Cairo and Alexandria. North of Cairo the Nile splits into several tributaries, the main two being the Rosetta and the Damietta branches. The valley becomes a delta, a wide green fan of fertile countryside, some 15 500 km² in area. The northern coast, west of Alexandria, extends for hundreds of kilometers along brilliant white-sand beaches. Some have been, or are being, developed as resorts.