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Thuburbo Majus, Tunisia. Author GIRAUD Patrick. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Thuburbo Majus, Tunisia. Author GIRAUD Patrick

Tunisia climate: when to go to Tunisia

Tunisia has three types of climate: Mediterranean climate in its northern area, semi-arid climate in the central regions and desertic climate in the far south.

The north of Tunisia has a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild and rainy winters. In the north the rainy season lasts from October to May, with average annual rainfall of 600 mm, with peaks of about 1,000-1,500 mm in the Kroumirie mountains.

The central region of Tunisia is characterized by a semi-arid climate, in this area of the country the average rainfall reaches 200 mm per year.

Heading south the climate becomes warmer and drier, becoming the desert climate of the Sahara, where annual rainfall is reduced to 100-150 mm.

Amphitheater, El Djem, Tunisia. Author Bernard Gagnon. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Amphitheater, El Djem, Tunisia. Author Bernard Gagnon

Summer temperatures are often very high, especially in the south and inland, strong are the temperature fluctuations between day and night, while along the coast, temperatures are moderated by the influence of the sea.

Along the coast the average minimum temperatures in January is around 7°C, the maximum average is around 14°C, while the summer is 21°C and 33°C, respectively.

Inside we have stronger values with average minimum temperatures of 6°C and average maximum of 18°C in January, and average minimum of 23°C and average maximum of 38°C in August. Usually in April from the Sahara desert blowing a south wind the Sirocco, which brings warm and dry air.

The temperature of the seawater in Tunisia varies between 14 ° C in the winter months and 27 ° C in August.


The best time to visit Tunisia are the spring months between March and June and the autumn between September and October.


TUNIS (3 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
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
September 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
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 15
February 14
March 15
April 16
May 18
June 22
July 25
August 27
September 26
October 23
November 20
December 17

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