Algiers’ heat is tempered slightly along the beach front, though the city is still rather hot in the summer.  August is the warmest month, and January the least warm, with temperatures in the former often breaking the ninety degree mark while those in the latter dipping shallow into the fifties.  Due to this mild winter weather, Algiers makes for an excellent change of pace for those coming from colder countries between November and March.  Rainfall is heavy some years, and most of it takes place during the winter.

Algeria has many important dates on its calendar around which visitors may consider setting their itineraries.  July 5 is the country’s independence day and is very festive.  Similar holidays include November 1’s dedication to remembrance of the Revolutionary War against the French and June 19’s National Day.

Islamic holidays fall on different days each year but remain solemn times for the capital.  Check for this year’s dates for Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr—a few shops and commercial establishments may be closed during this time.  February 10 is the Islamic New Year and is a little more celebratory than the above floating high holy days.