Weather and Climates in Algeria

The weather in Algeria ranges widely during the different seasons and in different parts throughout the country. In the coastal regions of northern Algeria, the climate resembles a mild Mediterranean coastal climate. Further south of the coast in regions consisting of the northern hills and mountains, the climate is a little more continental with moderate rain. Most of our Algeria tours will travel to attractions and destinations within these two types of climates.

The Sahara regions of Algeria extends south of the Saharan Atlas for 1,500 KM (approx 930 miles) and have a desert climate. During the summer months, daytime temperatures in Algeria’s Sahara desert can reach 50°C (122°F). However, nighttime temperatures in the Sahara regions are often very cold, especially during wintertime where temperatures can dip below freezing.

During the winter months, it is not uncommon to see snow in the highland regions. Skiing has also become a winter attraction in several mountain areas such as the Chrea National Park located in the Blida Province in northern Algeria.  The northern regions of Algeria are typically cooler with a Mediterranean-style climate.

Below are two charts indicating the average temperature and the average high/low temperature in Algiers, Algeria:

Average Temperature in Algiers


Average High/Low Temperature in Algiers

High °C161718202327313229252017
High °F616364687381889084776863
Low °C6679121619201714107
Low °F434345485461666863575045

What to Pack for Your Algeria Trip

In summer seasons: For travels to Algiers, coastal regions and northern mountainous regions in Algeria, you can bring summer clothing for daytime plus a light sweatshirt or jacket for the evening. You may even consider bringing a light scarf in case of any wind-borne sand and dust blown from the southern regions. Be prepared with your summer sun protection items such as sunscreen lotions, sunglasses, hats, etc. Female travelers should avoid wearing shorts and miniskirts, especially in the rural and non-tourist areas. 

In winter seasons: The rain in Algiers falls mostly in the winter. For travels to Algiers and coastal regions, we would recommend bringing spring/autumn clothes, a jacket, an umbrella or waterproofs such as a raincoat. For travels to the northern mountainous regions in Algeria, we recommend bringing warm clothes, a down jacket, and a hat.

No matter which season you are traveling to Algeria, remember that Algeria is a Muslim country which means you should always dress modestly. Male travelers should avoid wearing shorts unless you are at the beach. Female travelers should wear ankle length dresses and conservative long-sleeve tops. For more travel tips, read our related blog post on What to Bring When Traveling to Algeria.

About the author

Joshua Mok has been living in Tunisia since 2016. He has traveled extensively throughout the country, and has firsthand experience with the language, people, and culture of North Africa. It is his passion to introduce to others some of the best destinations in North Africa that he has experienced.

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