Weather and climate of Djerba by months
Ancient island of pirates, the largest slave center of Antiquity and the treasury of the “Tyre purple”, which cost more than gold, today Djerba is a picturesque place belonging to Tunisia. The island is also called the “Gateway to Africa. Its unique geographical position has given Djerba an equally marvelous climate, which makes tourism flourish here and more and more travelers discover this piece of paradise in the Mediterranean Sea, where the breath of Africa is so clearly felt.
Djerba’s climatic zones
The island of Djerba, located in the southern part of the territory belonging to Tunisia, has an area of 513 square kilometers. Its location in the Gabes straits, close to the Sahara Desert, gives it an added thermal advantage over other Tunisian resorts as it is much warmer and more comfortable all year round. Djerba is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean Sea and the largest in North Africa.
An architectural structure, the Roman Road, connects Djerba with the mainland. It is seven kilometers long and is very interesting because it was built by the Romans. Nowadays a water pipeline is laid across this unique earth-bank bridge, which makes Djerba a source of fresh water from the mainland and a highway, which connects the island with Zarzis, another Tunisian resort. Another link that Djerba has with the mainland is a ferry, which connects the island Ajim with the mainland Jorf.
The island has a continental climate with a Mediterranean character, which means hot, dry summers and warm, humid winters. In Djerba is always “plus”, even in winter. For example, it never drops below +8°C at night in January.
Tourist seasons in Djerba
With 350 sunny days a year, Djerba can vie with any other holiday spot in the world for the number of days with no clouds. Its southernmost location in relation to other Tunisian resorts makes it a true mecca for tourism. The climate creates the best conditions for recreation almost all year round.
The main advantage of the geographical location of Djerba is the temperature of the water, which beats other Tunisian resorts. It is 1 to 2 degrees higher off the coast of the island.
Since ancient times it was extracted in Djerba “Tyrr purple” – the substance, which could be obtained from ground clams, which gave a unique purple hue at that time. It was so valuable in the Antique era that it was worth more than gold. Because of this, Djerba (then called Meninx or Oligia) was a fabulously rich mini-state.
The best time to visit is in summer.
The beach season opens in May and lasts until October.
November is the low season, as the weather takes on the features of autumn – chilly winds, unpredictable drops in temperature, and precipitation.
November through February is the worst season to visit.
What clothes to bring
Muslim traditions are strong in Djerba. Although the island is very Europeanized (very loyal to other nationalities and religions), you should not violate etiquette. Avoid open displays of affection in public, especially to the locals. Do not be overly naked or intoxicated.
Separate rules apply to the clothing of girls in the summer – you should not wear tight clothes or provocative outfits – it is not customary here. On the beaches there are many who sunbathe topless, but at the same time, it is better to show respect for local traditions and still wear a decent swimsuit. So you will not break the local rules, and will not attract attention of Tunisians, who react differently to foreign women.
Take light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. Keep in mind that you should not walk around in a swimsuit in the city, especially in places near the mosques.
Every year hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Djerba (in different years – up to one million visitors, taking into account that in general up to 5 million tourists come to Tunisia every year), most of them are from Germany, Great Britain, Russia and France.
In summer, sunglasses and headgear are a must. Do not stay in the sun between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. During this time either go to museums, or go to the many cafes and restaurants for a cup of mint refreshing tea. Everywhere in the premises (be it catering or entertainment establishments, and of course hotels) are air conditioned, so the heat is easier to bear there.
Swimming in Djerba it is recommended to be careful in the water, not to run into sharp rocks, tourists are advised to wear special rubber slippers. Another thing to note: the water in Djerba’s swimming pools is marine water. There are big problems with desalination here as well as with just enough unsaline water, that is why it is cheaper to clean sea water and adjust it for bathing in pools.
Be sure to use sunscreen maximum protection, and drink plenty of still mineral water to avoid dehydration.
Even in summer at night you will need warm clothes. It is a desert not far from Djerba (as there, the nights are cool in Djerba), in addition, the coast is also fresh in the evening – a jacket or light sweater will come in handy, as well as jeans and sneakers.
Thalassotherapy, golf, active water activities including surfing, nightclubs – there is a lot to do in Djerba.
From November to February you must take warm clothes without wind – a windbreaker, any other good jacket, be sure to have a hat and warm shoes. Umbrella and raincoat must also be on the list.
Weather in Djerba Island by month
Autumn is coming true. The weather is unpredictable. Frequent sharp drops in temperature, strong gusty winds, rainfall in the form of showers. The sea storms. Of entertainment is only excursions.
What is famous for Djerba? The synagogue, which is 2600 years old, the fortress of Gazi Mustafa, which was built in the ninth century as a defense against raids on the island of pirates, the fortress of Borj el-Keber of the 13th century and more than 600 mosques. There are also several crocodile farms (one of them is located in Djerba Explore amusement park). Also, fans of Hollywood movies will be interested in seeing for themselves the Tatooine area, where scenes of the world-famous “Star Wars” were filmed.
In December, the situation worsens – very windy and wet. At this time, rest on the island is limited to sightseeing activities, but cheap in price. By the New Year holidays there are more tourists.
It is rather cold in January and February – there are no subzero temperatures, and the weather is calmer and clearer, but the temperature of about 10 degrees of heat, plus the wind, forced to dress warmer. Thunderstorms are possible in February.
In March, the weather becomes more stable – up to +19°C during the day, the water is warm up to +11°C.
In April it is even warmer – clear and sunny. True, the water temperature is still “invigorating” – on average +17°C.
In May starts the beach season, as the water on the coast warms up to +22 ° C minimum.
The snow-white beaches of Djerba are its main treasure. They stretch for over 130 kilometers – and that’s out of the 150 kilometers of total coastline that the island has.
The summer season is a time of heat and lack of precipitation. There are almost no cloudy days in July on Djerba. Temperatures during the day range from +28 to +32 ° C, the water temperature is up to +28 ° C. Precipitation is possible only in the second half of August.
Jellyfish are a significant problem on the island. Because the water near the coast is warmer than in other parts of the area, the whole “shoals” of jellyfish, who love to bask in the warm water. They create a significant inconvenience to tourists – sting quite painful, after which even a scar can remain. But there is good news – the appearance of jellyfish is a seasonal phenomenon. Usually they are active in June and August, depending on the current and wind. Sometimes jellyfish also appear on Djerba in September. Occasionally, they are not seen at all off the island. In general, however, they are not a threat to life.
In September, the influx of tourists even increases – the weather is more comfortable, there is no exhausting summer heat. And the water is still +25 +27 ° C.
The Lagoon is an incredibly beautiful place on Djerba. Not only is it home to pink flamingos along the northern shore of Ras Rmel, it is also a mecca for surfers.
The sea cools off quickly, as do the air temperatures. But in October, it is still comfortable to be in Djerba, many even swim – until the middle of the month the water is warmed up to +23°C.
Weather and seasons in Djerba by month. When it is better to have a rest?
High tourist season in Djerba
The beginning of the high season in Djerba is in July when the air begins to warm up to +31.2°C and the sea to +26.8°C. The peak of the season is in October when the maximum number of holidaymakers and the weather is at its best. At the end of the high tourist season in Djerba, which ends in October, the air temperature is +28.8 ° C, the water – +26.0 ° C, and tourists become less and less.
Rainy Season in Djerba
The so called beginning of the rainy season in Djerba in November when 1 rainy day and 38.0 mm of rainfall per month begins. The rainiest season is in November with a maximum of 1 day of rainfall for the year. The end of the rainy season in Djerba is in February, when the heavy rainfall ends with a norm of 26.6 mm and the weather will gradually become drier.
The best months to travel
The best season for holidays in Djerba begins in August, September, October when it is the most comfortable and velvet season with an average air temperature of 28.8-32.7°C and water 26.0-28.8°C and some rain.
Beach season in Djerba
The resort swimming season in Djerba lasts an average of 7 months with an average water temperature of +25.3°C. The beginning of the high beach season time in Djerba begins in May and ends in November. The opening and closing times of the season based on water temperature are shown in the chart.
Low season in Djerba
When the low season in Djerba begins and there are fewer tourists is marked in the chart. The least comfortable weather for holidays is in January.
Weather in spring
The average air temperature in spring is +18.3°C and the water temperature is +16.3°C. In general, the weather in Djerba in spring is on the charts, rainy days 3, comfort rating at least 3.3 out of five points.
Weather in Summer
The average temperature in summer is +23.5°C and the water is +18.5°C. In general, the weather in Djerba in summer on the charts, rainy days 3, comfort rating at least 3.3 out of five points.
Weather in Autumn
The average air temperature in fall is +30.9°C and the water temperature is +26.2°C. In general, the weather in Djerba in the fall on the charts, rainy days 3, comfort rating at least 4.7 out of five points.
Weather in Winter
The average air temperature in winter is +28.6°C and water +25.8°C. In general, the weather in Djerba in winter is on the charts, rainy days 1, comfort rating at least 4.7 out of five points.