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SunThe climate of the Red Sea, Egypt, is easy to summarise. Throughout most of the year, except for the winter months of December, January and February, it is hot and dry. In the evenings during the winter months it may be necessary to wear a sweater and long trousers, otherwise it is 'shorts and t-shirt' conditions all year around. Strong winds do exist, which is very welcome during the summer months but can make the air quite chilly during the winter.

Below, you 'll find the average climatic information for Hurghada, located at about 27.30°N 33.79°E. Height about 3m above sea level.

Average Air Temperature:

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
°C 25 26 26 32 35 38 40 43 38 32 27 26

Average Water Temperature:

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
°C 18,5 19 19.9 22.4 25.8 28.5 29.5 29.6 27.7 25.0 23.7 22 23.2
°F 60.1 61.7 66.0 72.3 78.4 83.3 85.1 85.3 81.9 77.0 69.3 62.8 73.8

Average Rainfall:

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
mm 0.1 0.4 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.4 1.2 3.9
inches 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2

Average Wind Strength in Beaufort:

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
4-8 4-6 4-8 4-6 4-8 4-9 4-6 4-7 4-8 4-7 4-7 4-8

Visibility and Temperature:

Seasonal water temperature changes play a big part in determining visibility. Winter tends to be the period of best visibility in Northern Red Sea areas as the seas are too cool to support algae and planktonic growth. Conversely, in the South, it is the summer which offers the best visibility as the hot surface temperatures cause the sea temperatures to become too hot to support the growth of marine micro organisms. No matter where you dive in the Red Sea, blooms of planktonic growth can crop up at any time reducing the visibility. Fortunately this is a rare occurence and the normal visibility is excellent, ranging from 10-50+ metres.

Travel agents often promise water temperatures in the excess of 26°C, which is true for most of the Red Sea during summer months. In fact, during August, water temperatures often exceed 30°C. However, during the winter in the north, temperatures often fall as low as 20°C, with a chilly surface wind before and after the dive, making it seem even colder. Therefore, at least a 5mm or 7mm wetsuit is advisable for diving the Red Sea in winter months. It is even not uncommon to see a local dive guide in a dry suit during this period. During the summer a 3mm suit is usually adequate.

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