Israel Weather Guide

Winter: November to March


The days are comfortably warm in most of Israel during winter, but the nights can get cool depending where you are. Winters are mild on the coast, cooler in hilly cities like Jerusalem as well as the mountain ranges and the same year-round in the Negev Desert that runs from Jerusalem down to Eilat in the south. Winter is a great time to visit places like the Jordan Valley or main tourist attractions with fewer crowds if you don’t mind some rain (which turns the whole country green by the end of March). Each January/February, thousands of Israeli children sing and dance and plant trees all over the country for Arbor Day, why not grab your green thumb and join in?

Summer: April to October

Summers are humid along the coast in places like Tel Aviv and dry in the hill regions. The Negev Desert offers desert conditions year-round. The low-lying areas of the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee can get very hot. April to May, a mini Spring, can be very unpredictable in terms of weather from heat waves to cold snaps. June offers the best conditions of the year, with pleasant temperatures perfect along the coast. July to August can get quite hot so if you can’t handle the heat, head for the hills. Try the Israel Festival, a traditional event of cultural performances held annually at the start of summer in Jerusalem.