Egypt’s climate is hot and dry most of the year.

During the winter months – December, January and February – average daily temperatures stay up around 20°C (68°F) on the Mediterranean coast and a pleasant 26°C (80°F) in Aswan.

Maximum temperatures get to 31°C (88°F) and 50°C (122°F) respectively.

Winter nights only get down to 8°C (45°F), a very Egyptian version of chilly.

Alexandria receives the most rain, with 19cm (7.5in) each year, while Aswan is almost bone-dry with just 2mm annually.

Between March and April the khamsin blows in from the Western Desert at up to 150kmph (93mph).

May and June it’s like a sweet summer.