With Cairo's UV index reaching 7.2, protect your skin from harm by staying in shade, wearing protective clothing, and applying SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.
Read more here about the climate and sun exposure in and around Cairo.
The UV index in Cairo ranges from moderate to high throughout the year, with values typically reaching 8 to 10 (Very high to Very high+). This means that sun protection measures should be taken, such as wearing sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses, especially during peak hours when the sun is strongest.
Cairo experiences two main seasons: a hot summer and a mild winter. During summer, temperatures can soar as high as 40 °C (104 °F), while in winter, they range around 10-20 °C (50-68 °F). Spring and autumn are transitional seasons with pleasant weather, where temperatures average around 20-30 °C (68-86 °F). It's advisable to layer clothing during these transitional periods.
Compared to other cities in the region, Cairo enjoys a considerable amount of sun exposure. With an average of 3,800 hours of sunshine per year, it exceeds the sun exposure of several nearby cities. However, it's important to note that excessive sun exposure can have negative effects, such as skin damage and heat-related illnesses, so precautions should be taken to protect oneself from the sun, especially during the hotter months.
The chart above displays the Shortwave Radiation Sum (MJ/m²) for each day of the last year in Cairo. It's designed to provide you with a better understanding of the yearly weather and sun exposure.