Weather in Israel
Note: All Israel temperatures are shown in Fahrenheit.
Although Israel is a small country, we experience a variety of climates due to its wide variety of elevations and topography. The northern and eastern areas tend to be warm and dry in the summer, yet cold and rainy in winter. The south is hot and dry in summer, and warm to cool in winter with only sporadic rain. You can go to the beach year round in Eilat, but most definitely need extra layers during winter in the north.
Most people are surprised to learn that Israel also receives heavy snow falls. Those only happen in the northernmost areas, such of Golan Heights, which includes the ski resort on Mount Hermon, from December to March. While snow is not a yearly occurrence in Jerusalem, when it does snow the city is magically transformed. That said, Israel has a generally mild climate which can be enjoyed year round.
At the end of each touring day, you can always check with our tour guide to get updates on the weather predictions for your next touring day.[/su_tab]
Summer (June to early September)
Summer is Israel’s dry season. You will rarely have a rainy day in summertime. Israel’s temperatures are usually in the high-80’s° through mid-90’s° degrees Fahrenheit. Some cities near water, such as Tel Aviv, or in lower elevations, such as Tiberias, will be warm and at times humid. Jerusalem, which is farther inland and elevated is both dryer and a tad cooler, particularly after sunset. If you are in desert areas, such as Masada & Eilat, you will find they are very hot (sometimes over 110° F.) and quite dry, but cooler in the evenings. Be sure to stay well hydrated no matter where you are in Israel in summertime, but especially when in desert areas. The dry air evaporates moisture from your skin so quickly you may not notice how dehydrated you have become.
Autumn (late September through November)
Autumn in Israel is also a lovely time of year, just in time for the New Year holidays and the festival of Sukkot. The heat of summer eases, but the winter rains rarely start before November. Students head back to school — both those who are visiting from abroad and Israeli — and sites become less crowded. If water sports are on your agenda, you’ll find the sea temperatures are still pleasant.
Winter (December through early March)
Israel’s winter is its rainy season. The best way to describe Israel’s winter weather is unpredictable. Some winters are quite mild and sunny, while some are filled with rain and possibly snow in the North down into Jerusalem. Daytime temperatures range from the 50’s° to 60’s° Fahrenheit in most places, possibly lower in the north. Don’t be surprised to find evening temperatures dip to the 40’s° in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills – even to low 40’s° to 30’s° on particularly cold nights. For those who enjoy skiing, Mount Hermon in the far north usually gets snow in the winter.
Spring (late March to May)
Spring is a favourite time of year in Israel. The Winter rains are almost finished, spring flowers abound, and the temperatures during the day are mild and pleasant; around 60°-70° F. in most of the country. Needless to say, though, it will be warm around the Red Sea and Dead Sea, and sea temperatures are back into the 70’s° F. Jerusalem will be in the range 40°-50° F. in the evening. There will be some rain – nothing torrential.
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