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Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and is located close to the Nile Delta. All cities located along the Nile River Valley including Cairo generally experience a desert climate. The city weather is characterized by high levels of humidity which are influenced by the river. The months March and April are characterized by strong wind storms which bring loads of Saharan dust to the city.
Cairo is characterized by sparse rainfall although in some months there can be sudden showers of rain which cause serious flooding. Up town Cairo has temperatures that fall below 0C during the winter months often producing morning frost.
Hot Desert Climate
Cairo experiences hot desert climate which is characterized by relatively undisturbed sunshine throughout the year. Other areas that have a similar climate as that of Cairo are Sahara, Syria, Kalahari Desert, Iran, Pakistan, Northwest India, Australia, southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. Cairo experiences many hot days throughout the year. Very rarely will the temperatures ever drop below freezing point. If you are traveling through Cairo and planning on spending a significant amount of time outdoors you will need to make sure that you stay hydrated. It is also a good idea for you to remember to keep your skin covered in light, thin layers. You should also remember to wear sunscreen often so you do not get burned.
Days When Cairo Weather Is Favorable
Cairo weather although generally hot throughout the year, there is a time when the weather is favorable for touring. This time is in winter. Winter runs from December up to February, with the lowest mean temperatures being experienced in January. Daily mean temperatures rarely go above 16C. Winter is definitely a great time to visit Cairo as there would not be too much sunshine and also the level of humidity would not be as high as in the summer months. It is not a bad idea to try and plan your trip around the time when weather is more favorable so you can enjoy your time there. This is especially true when you are planning plenty of outside excursions. The more planning you can do around the seasons and weather the more fun you will have on your vacation.
Characteristics Of Desert Climate
Desert climate is also known as arid climate. Such a climate is characterized by very low rainfall which is too low to sustain any vegetation. Most areas in desert climatic regions receive less than 250 mm (10in) rainfall per annum. In some years desert climates may not even receive any precipitation at all. A climate is considered to be desert when the rate of evaporation surpasses the rate of precipitation. There are 3 variations of desert climates. These are hot desert, cold desert and mid desert.
Hot desert climates are mostly found under the subtropical ridge, where regions in this area experience relatively undisturbed sunshine throughout the year. In hot deserts temperatures exceeding 40C - 45C are very common. Temperatures may drop to freezing point during winter nights although this does not happen often. The hot desert is truly the most dangerous of the climates as it can sneak up on you before you realize it.
Cold deserts are typically found in temperate regions. These regions are often in the shadows of very high mountains which restrict precipitation from westerly winds. The Gobi desert in Mongolia is a classic example of a region with this kind of desert. The desert experiences hot summers and very cold winters. Cold deserts can also experience very hot and dry summers which are followed by very cold winters. Summers in cold deserts are hot but they do not get as hot as summers of hot deserts. Cold deserts are found in higher altitudes and experience gruesome cold winters which can go below freezing point. Believe it or not it is just as easy to get dehydrated in a cold desert as it is in a hot one, so do be aware.
Mid Desert Climates
Mid deserts are found at the edges of tropical or near tropical locations. In America this climate can be experienced adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. In Africa this type of climate is found in some sections of coastal Namibia.