On your Tunisia vacation, you’ll explore the hidden gems of the Mediterranean and the charming dunes of the Sahara Desert. Varied landscapes, rich history and great diversity, visiting Tunisia is very promising. 

 

Gone are the days when you would stand next to the radio waiting for the forecast to let you know what to do. However, the days we are subject to climate change’s consequences are here. With unpredictable weather and the foreseen changes in precipitation, rain and temperature, 

 

Wildyness team took it upon themselves to compile a comprehensive guide on when to visit Tunisia with the least amount of surprise possible. 

 

How is the Mediterranean weather in Tunisia like?

 

In general, the north and the coastal side tend to have more of a Mediterranean climate. Central or eastern Tunisia, those parts near the eastern boundaries, are characterized with  an arid steppe climate.  As it approaches the Sahara Desert, the southern region experiences a hot, dry, and semiarid environment. In summer, the temperature in the desert is scorching hot. That’s why, most of the camps are not available for booking. The heat can be really unbearable. 

 

While the average annual rainfall in the country is 158 mm, there is a big discrepancy between regions in terms of rainfall. For instance, the south experiences less than 100 mm yearly, while the north experiences more than 700 mm annually. 

 

Temperatures in the center western and southern regions range from a winter low of 11°C to a summer high of 32°C.  In the northern coastal region, temperature fluctuates from a low of 10°C in the winter months (December to February) to a high of 27°C in the summer months (June-August).

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Drought is unfortunately a big challenge in the country due to the consequences of changes that usually affect the southern semiarid to arid regions. On the other part, floods are more common around the coast.

 

When is the best time to visit Tunisia?

 

The best time to visit Tunisia is in the spring and fall, when temperatures get pleasant in many parts of the country.  If you’re planning to visit many parts of the south, north and the sahel (coastal part), you may consider the periods between March and June as well as September and October. 

 

The ideal months would be May and October, as the temperature tends to get mild and balmy. 

 

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Spring

 

With the coming of March, spring is announced. Visiting Tunisia in spring promises long hours of sunshine, as the days span from 12 to 13 hours. Temperature ranges from  16 °C  to 20 °C during the day, while nights are cool. The average rainfall in Tunisia in March and April is 40 mm but drops to an average of 22 mm in May. 

 

Summer

 

Summers in Tunisia promises up to 11 of daily sunshine. Hot and dry, the months of July and August can be challenging if you’re not soaking in the crystal clear water and enjoying your time on the Mediterranean.  With its rare rainfall, July is the driest month. 

 

Expect temperature to soak to 30 °C starting from July. High temperature last till September, making the weather perfect for seaside activities and daylong swims. 

 

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Autumn

 

Temperature gets cooler and drops to 20 °C. Even though the average high temperature in September and October remains above 25 °C, the weather is good for a country trip to enjoy all parts of Tunisia, especially the Sahara. This very weather makes Tunis a popular destination for foreigners and tourists who are craving to visit the Sahara and, also, dive deep in the Mediterranean waters. 

 

Winter

 

Winter in Tunisia is cool, as temperatures fall to their lowest in January. The average lowest temperatures in both January and February drop to 8 °C. If there is one description to refer to the weather starting from December, it would inevitably be “uncertain”.  With shorter daytime and cooler temperature, you can also expect up to 55 mm of rainfall. 

 

Nights are cooler and calmer, so a jacket is always a good idea if you don’t want to catch a flu while traveling. 

 

Tourist seasons in Tunisia

 

Generally, the months of July and August are those with the highest numbers of tourists. For a more of a comfortable trip, the months of January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December have the lowest numbers of tourists. 

 

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To make the tourist seasons in Tunisia clearer, here is a breakdown of seasons and months: 

 

Very low season in Tunisia: January, February, June, November and December.

Low season in Tunisia: March, April, May, September and October.

High season in Tunisia: July.

Peak season in Tunisia: August.

 

Not the best time to visit Tunisia 

 

As a Muslim country, Tunisia celebrates Islamic holidays and festivities where prayers and gathering take place. While there is a unique vibe in these celebrations, you need to bear in mind that these days are usually dedicated to family and relatives, making it hard to find open businesses such as restaurants, clubs, tour guides, etc. 

 

As places shut down during the day, we don’t recommend arriving to Tunisia in the days of El Eid, namely Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. If your schedule coincides with the Eid, you can enjoy a rest day and have a stroll in the town you’re in. 

 

Another important factor to consider while planning your visit to Tunisia is school holidays. If you’re more into resorts and hotels, make sure to plan ahead and double check all details including the room, the offer, etc. As locals would seize the opportunity to go out and enjoy their holidays with kids, hotels tend to be crowded and the service may be unable to cater to all of them. 

 

For this, we highly recommend boutique hotels, guest houses and small businesses. 

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Tunisia Monthly Weather Overview

 

Visiting Tunisia in January

 

Tunisia’s coldest and wettest month is actually January. However, the second half of the month is also a wonderful time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds. Temperatures usually range from around 8 °C as average low to 16 °C as average high, but it gets hotter in the desert and cooler in the mountains. For instance, you can expect - 5 °C in Ain Drahem and 20 °C in Tozeur. Plan what to pack according to your itinerary if you’re considering this time of the year to visit Tunisia. 

 

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Visiting Tunisia in February

 

While the weather in February is similar to that in January, temperatures tend to rise by around one degree, signaling the start of spring. This is an excellent time to visit the Sahara before it gets unbearably hot during the summers because there is less rain than in January. 

 

Visiting Tunisia in March 

 

Marking the beginning of the travel season for all travelers around the world, spring is deemed to be the ideal time to visit Tunisia. Temperature gets higher with rainfall every now and there, but it’s not too hot to explore the Sahara nor too cold to go for a hike in the northern mountains. Also keep in mind, the daytime temperatures can rise significantly during this month. 

 

Visiting Tunisia in April 

 

The busiest month all over North Africa, and especially in Tunisia. April is the best month to explore Tunisia, indulge in a myriad of activities, enjoy cultural tours, visit archaeological sites, go for hikes, excursions and camping. Make sure to book ahead of time in order to enjoy your trip to the fullest. 

 

Visiting Tunisia in May 

 

May is one of the finest months to travel to Tunisia since the weather is often nice and pleasant and because it is probably the last month of summer when you can travel into the desert without it getting too hot.

 

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Visiting Tunisia in June

 

In Tunisia, summer has officially begun. Expect sweltering heat in most places. If you’re planning to visit the Sahara, you should think twice. As June is the hot season, floods of tourists come to enjoy the Mediterranean vibes and the relatively cheap services. Book everything in advance!

 

Visiting Tunisia in July

 

Tunisia is hot and dry. Don’t forget your sunscreen, sunhat, and plenty of water. Keep in mind that daytime temperatures can reach over 35 C in some areas, especially inland, even though the seaside can be a little bit cooler.

 

Visiting Tunisia in August 

 

The hottest month in Tunisia is August, which may deter some tourists. If you do decide to travel during this time, be sure to stay hydrated at all times, ideally in coastal cities and near the beach. It’s a great time to explore off the beaten track beaches of Bizerte, Haouaria and Cap Bon

 

Visiting Tunisia in September

 

Although the weather can be a little erratic this month because summer is transitioning into fall, you can expect temperatures to drop by 1 or 2 degrees. It’s still recommended to stay away from arid areas, but the second half of the month can promise relatively enjoyable trips in the desert. 

 

Visiting Tunisia in October 

 

The oppressive heat of the summer has finally subsided. It’s one of the best months to visit Tunisia, as weather is no longer an obstacle for you to make a comprehensive itinerary and visit many parts of the country. Generally speaking, temperatures are comfortable, but a little rain and overcast are to be expected, so keep the ranger close by!

 

Visiting Tunisia in November

 

Winter is around the corner and temperatures start to drop. November announces the shoulder season open. It’s also that time of the year when rain is expected. Expect some rainfall.  This is a fantastic time to schedule a trip to the desert or go on a hike or explore the historically-filled cities

 

 

Visiting Tunisia in December

 

As winter has already fully arrived, temperatures are still falling. Expect rains to intensify nationwide as well. Book much in advance because the holidays and New Year's are extremely busy in the larger cities.

 

Tunis Climate table:

 

Month Average Low Average High Precip.  Precip Day 
January 8.5 16.2 59.3 9
February  8.3 16.6 57.0 8
March 10.1 19.8 47.2 8
April  12.8 22.4 38.0 6
May 16.0 26.6 22.6 4
June 19.5 31.2 10.4 2
July 22.7 34.4 3.1 1
August 22.9 34.4 7.1 1
Spetember 20.7 30.2 32.5 4
October 17.6 26.8 65.5 7
November 13.1 21.5 56.0 7
December 9.7 17.5 66.8 8
Year 15.2 24.8 465.5 65

 

Tunisia, to each season its own charming side 

 

You should know by now that Tunisia is best explored in the fall (September to November) or in the early spring (March to June). Although it is heated outside, you won't experience the bitter cold or searing heat. Tunisia is a great destination to explore beaches, historical sites and the Sahara, no matter what time of year you decide to come.