To many people born and bred outside of Egypt, the term winter can trigger many mental images or memories that had been tucked away and long accustomed to. Those memories may be layered like a white caked-layer of snow or wet and heavy like floods of cats and dogs. Although most of us may not realize it, this sort of weather can give off a depressing, dark vibe. However, if you throw the same word, winter, into the hands of an Egyptian who has never been anywhere else to compare, the term stirs up completely different mental photographs and emotions.
Winter in Egypt commonly totals up to a maximum of five rainfalls all season long. One out of those five can bring intense weather conditions leading to thunder and sometimes bright flashes of lightning throughout the sky. The temperature can drop to a low of 16º Celsius (60º Fahrenheit) but never low enough to bring in the real deal: snow. The sun is always around hugging children with its warmth as they attend school and it heads home with them by five o’clock. To an Egyptian who is built for and used to 50º Celsius (122º Fahrenheit), this winter-like weather is considered bitter and calls for extra layers of clothing and a warm neck scarf. Whereas a foreigner who has made his acquaintance with frosty, bone-biting temperatures, Egypt is like summer all-year round.
Those who visit Egypt find that the weather is always supportive and encourages all sorts of daily physical activities. Families usually travel down south of Cairo to Upper Egypt for their holiday vacations. There, they go on a four-day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor and see Abu Simbel, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and many other Ancient Egyptian temples still standing tall since the beginning of time. Then there are those couples, or even individuals, who want a more easy-going trip to relax and connect with the environment around them. They generally head to the Red Sea Riviera coast of Egypt in the East to visit Hurghada, Marsa Alam, or Gouna. Various activities such as diving, snorkeling, or windsurfing & kite flying, are widely practiced in what are known as Egypt’s best wind cities . The same audience that visits the Red Sea district usually cross the Suez Canal and witness a part of modern-Egyptian history from the 1973 war against Israel over this land: Sinai. There, people visit Sharm El-Sheikh, Taba, Nuweiba, and Dahab to tan, swim, and dive underwater to see rare wildlife that can only be found in the coral reefs of the Red Sea. No matter what season you put it in, summer is Egypt’s middle name.