Sara and John say...
Whether you’re seeking a beach holiday or exploring the country’s rich historical relics, the good news is that dry and sunny weather prevails across Tunisia for much of the year. However, there is a marked seasonality to the weather - so pick your time carefully, depending on your chosen activity.
During the summer months from June to September, daytime temperatures soar into the 30s Celsius across much of the country. This is a favourite time for coastal resorts, with a refreshing breeze off the sea helping to keep things bearable. However, the further south and inland you go, you’re more likely to endure even more intense heat, which can compromise comfort; with occasional sandstorms an additional hazard.
Many find autumn and spring more comfortable times to visit the capital, Tunis, or the historic sites of Sousse or Monastir. Daytime temperatures are typically in the high teens or low 20s Celsius. It’s also less stifling across inland areas than in summer-time, although occasional showers do become more prevalent, especially across the north.
Winters are cooler, and across northern coastal areas of the country, this is where cloudier and wetter weather are notably more prevalent.
Elsewhere, though markedly less hot, the weather remains mostly dry; and this can be a good time to head into the desert. However nights can be especially cold. And don’t be too surprised if you encounter brief snowfall when weather fronts hit the more mountainous inland areas.
But for most of the country for most of the year, sunscreen is far more useful than a waterproof!