Beach season and weather in Tunisia
In which month is it better to fly to rest on Tunisian beaches? In making the decision, most tourists are guided by two factors - the prices for tours and the weather. About prices in detail read in our article " Prices for tours to Tunisia 2017 ". And on this page we'll talk in detail about the weather and the beach season in Tunisia.
The weather is not very different in different resort regions. In Southern Tunisia, the temperature of water and air is 1-2 degrees higher than in Northern Tunisia. In the tables below we give figures for the island of Djerba (the main resort of Southern Tunisia), Hammamet and Sousse (the main resorts of Northern Tunisia). About their location on the map read in our article " Tunisia resorts on the map ."
Beach season and water temperature
The first charter flights from Russian cities fly to Tunis in mid-April - 10-15 numbers, flights end at the end of October - 20-30 numbers.
However, this schedule of tour operators does not quite match the weather. The table below shows the average water temperature in the Mediterranean. The end of April and May can not boast of warm water, for most tourists the water temperature of 19-20 degrees is not very comfortable. For Russians, the real beach season at Tunisian resorts begins in June.
Hereinafter in the tables we will denote the best months (June, July, August and September) light green, the remaining months of the official season (April, May and October) in yellow.
However, hotels do not adhere to such a schedule. When buying a tour to Tunisia in April, tourists discover an extremely scarce selection of hotels. More than half of the hotels in April still do not work. Some open until May 1st, when Tunisians and Algerians come to hotels on holidays.
Most hotels start receiving guests only in mid-May. Consider this fact when choosing a month of travel to Tunisian beaches.
Can rain spoil the rest?
Tunisia is an arid country, and most of these rare precipitations fall in winter, when tourists in the country almost do not come. The level of precipitation is approximately the same at all Tunisian resorts. Look at the comparative table below, the average figures are given.
For comparison, the norm of precipitation in Moscow is 700 millimeters per year, in the resorts of Tunisia, the figures are on average half as large.
In the summer months, in Moscow and other cities in the central part of Russia, about 80 millimeters of precipitation falls, in Tunisian cities no more than 20. The rain can not overshadow the rest in June, July and August. It's unlikely that you will even find rain in these months.
At the end of April, May and October, the chances of getting under the rain are quite substantial. But the rains happen late in the evening and at night, in the afternoon on the beach the chances of getting under the rain are almost equal to zero.
In Tunisia there are no torrential downpours that last all day. The rain goes 5-10 minutes, then quickly subsides. In the photo to the left are the effects of the rain in Yasmine Hammamet , the photo was taken at the very beginning of May 2016. As you can see, it's okay, there are no puddles on the asphalt.
However, the rains in Tunisia have an unpleasant feature, they are always accompanied by a strong wind - up to 10 m / s, rarely up to 15 m / s. Being at such a moment on the street is extremely unpleasant. Moisture or puddles on the asphalt quickly dry out, and tourists do not even suspect that it rained at night.
Air temperature - maximum during the day
Summer months will please the warm weather during the day. Fortunately, Tunisia does not have extremely high temperatures like in Egypt, although there are days that the thermometer's column rises to 40 degrees and above.
For example, the temperature record in Sousse is +48 degrees, in Hammamet is +47 degrees. On the island of Djerba +48 degrees recorded July 29, 1982.
The hottest major Tunisian city is Tauzar, where on June 12, 1979 the temperature was fixed at +53 degrees. And in the province (province) Kebili in some areas the thermometer's column rises to +55 degrees. We hope that none of the readers will find such temperatures.
The average maximum daily temperatures are shown in the table below. Please note that these are average statistical values.
The heat in the resorts of Tunisia is easily transferred, thanks to a light breeze, constantly blowing from the sea. And this is a certain danger, because tourists forget about the insidious African sun, they forget to wear headgear and use sunscreen. All the dangers of the sun, we discussed in detail in the article " What can not be done in Tunisia ."
Air temperature - minimum at night
Even in the peak of the beach season in the evening can be cool. It is highly recommended to bring to Tunisia at least one warm thing - a sweater or pullover, jacket or windbreaker. In April, May or September, warm clothes are useful.
Below is a table of average minimum temperatures at night, the average statistical values are given.
Be careful - jellyfish
August is a special month of the beach season in Tunisia. In August, jellyfish come here. In some years they are few, tourists do not notice them. In some years it is a real invasion, it is impossible to swim in the sea.
Jellyfish do not live in Tunisian waters, they are brought here by the current from the shores of Algeria and Morocco. The higher the water temperature, the more active jellyfish reproduce, because they are cold-blooded animals.
A trip to Tunisia in August is a real lottery. You will be lucky, you will enjoy bathing in the steam water. No luck, you will stand on the beach and look at the horde of jellyfish. Recall that burns from jellyfish are not covered by travel insurance , as are bites of any animals.
Some hotels protect the beach with a special net, but these are isolated cases. Do not seriously hope that you will get to such a hotel.
The concept of "beach season" for Russians and residents of Western Europe
The majority of Russians are uneasy, our tourists fly to Tunisia in all months from April to October. What can not you say about the inhabitants of Western European countries. July and August are not suitable for them, it's too hot.
In hotels there is an amazing picture - in June the hotel still has a lot of Frenchmen, Germans and Englishmen. Already on July 1, they were "blown away by the wind", but there is a huge number of tourists from Russia.
The reasons are simple: Europeans believe that the best days of rest are over, demand is falling, tour prices are declining, and Russians are reacting to low prices. Of course, this pattern is not observed every season, but it happens.
Tunisia in the remaining months
Do not think that in November all Tunisian hotels are closed. Some of them remain to work.
First, people go here for thalassotherapy procedures, because the procedures of thalassotherapy in Tunisia are several times cheaper than in European hospitals. In winter, it's more profitable to go to thalasso procedures, you can save 20 to 50% of their cost.
Secondly, Tunisia has long been popular as a cheap destination for golf lovers. Most of all as a golf resort famous port of El Kantaoui . In summer, golf is not played here - it's too hot. But in autumn and spring - the most season for golf.
Thirdly, tourists come in the winter for sightseeing rest. Most often these are elderly people of Western Europe. It is more convenient for them to see the excavations of Carthage , El Jem or Duggu in the winter months, when there is no exhausting heat.
Have a good rest on Tunisian beaches, and read our other articles about Tunisia ( list of links below ).
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