Best Time to Visit Israel

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Israel. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Tel Aviv, Eilat und Haifa. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Israel for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 7 °C to 40 °C
Waves Symbol 18 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 05.87 in (0 – 13 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 19.4 °C (Tel Aviv-Jaffa) and 24.5 °C (Eilat)
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Geographical location

Israel is a country on the Mediterranean Sea, geographically part of the Middle East and bordering the neighbouring countries of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

According to current statistics, Israel’s population is around 8.4 million, with a further 550,000 people living in the currently occupied territories. With over 6 million Jews, it is the only state in the world with a Jewish majority.

Capital of the democratic state is Jerusalem with about 810,000 inhabitants, which is regarded as a holy city by the world religions Islam, youth and Christianity alike.

These religious overlaps have always created potential for conflict in the country, which is an extremely popular destination due to its rich cultural and scenic diversity.

Israel can be divided into four main landscape areas: the hilly central country, the Negev Desert and the Jordan Valley. With the Dead Sea at about 418 meters below sea level, Israel is the lowest point on earth.

Apart from the capital Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Rischon LeZion and Nazareth are the most important cities in the country.

Climate in Israel

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' Due to the different altitudes, several climate zones with regionally different weather conditions occur in Israel. In general, the Mediterranean climate is particularly noticeable in the north of the country, where very hot summer months with high humidity and comparatively mild but rather humid winters predominate.

In southern Israel you will find a subtropical climate, which is very dry. It rains very rarely, the irregular showers bring only small amounts of precipitation with them. The rainy season in the whole country lies between December and January, in winter it can come to partly torrential rainfalls especially in the north. Cyclones (tornadoes) are extremely rare in Israel.

Dry conditions also prevail in the interior, the Negev and the Jordan Valley.

Best Time to Visit Israel: Overview

JanuaryJan
TemperaturesTemp. up to 21 °C
FebruaryFeb
TemperaturesTemp. up to 23 °C
MarchMar
TemperaturesTemp. up to 26 °C
AprilApr
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
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AugustAug
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OctoberOct
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NovemberNov
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DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C

When is the best time to travel to Israel?


In principle, Israel is worth a trip all year round, although the increased rainfall between December and March does not always provide ideal conditions. Especially beautiful is the period from May to November, which is generally considered the best travel season in Israel and is equally popular in all parts of the country. However, the sometimes extremely high day temperatures between June and August are not suitable for everyone.

We therefore recommend the fringe months in spring and autumn as an optimal period for your trip to Israel. Our absolute favourites are the travel seasons from April to early June and from mid-September to November. Summer temperatures, around 10 to 11 hours of sunshine and ideal water temperatures await you – with almost no precipitation at all!

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Israel) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
Tel Avivall except January, February, March, and December
EilatApril, May, September, October, and November
HaifaApril, May, September, October, and November
Tel Aviv-Jaffaall except January, February, March, and December

Climate Charts Israel

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Tel Aviv

Climate Chart Tel Aviv
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Eilat

Climate Chart Eilat
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Haifa

Climate Chart Haifa
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Israel

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Israel, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation in Tel Aviv (Israel)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature18°18°19°23°25°28°29°30°29°27°23°19°
Night Temperature10°10°12°14°17°21°23°24°23°19°15°11°
Water Temperature19°18°18°19°21°25°27°29°28°26°23°21°
Precipitation (inch)53.552.390.710.090000.021.043.124.98
Rainy days131093100003811
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Tel Aviv is 20.2 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (27 °C)
Coldest month: January (13.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Tel Aviv is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
May, June, July, August, September, October, and November

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 20.88 inch on 58 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Tel Aviv.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Eilat (Israel)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature21°23°26°31°35°38°40°39°37°33°27°22°
Night Temperature11°14°18°21°24°25°25°24°20°15°11°
Water Temperature21°20°20°21°22°23°25°26°25°24°23°22°
Precipitation (inch)0.20.20.160.12000000.120.160.24
Rainy days111100000011
Hours of Sunshine889911121212111097
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Eilat is 24.5 °C.

Warmest month: July (32.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (15.1 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Eilat is 26 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all except February, and March

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 1.18 inch on 6 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Eilat.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 12.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Haifa (Israel)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature18°18°20°23°25°28°29°30°29°27°24°20°
Night Temperature10°10°12°15°18°22°24°25°23°20°16°12°
Water Temperature19°18°18°19°21°25°27°29°28°26°23°21°
Precipitation (inch)5.832.832.010.910.280000.081.022.565.43
Rainy days10873100002610
Hours of Sunshine6691112121212111087
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Haifa is 20.7 °C.

Warmest month: August (27.4 °C)
Coldest month: January (14 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Haifa is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all except January, February, March, and April

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 20.94 inch on 47 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Haifa.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 12.4 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.7 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Sights


Israel is a fascinating travel destination with countless scenic and cultural highlights. Tel Aviv will delight you with colourful markets, hip bars and a lively beach life. Jerusalem is only a short drive away and offers you an unforgettable journey through time.

Start your day with the unforgettable view from the Mount of Olives, climb down the Palm Sunday Path to the garden of Gethsemane and briefly enter the historic old town through the Lion Gate.

Other sights of Israel include the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, a bath in the Dead Sea, the Holy Places on Lake Gennesareth and a visit to the port city of Haifa. You should also not miss a visit to a kibbutz and a trip through the Jordan Valley.

More information about the best things to do: Israel | Tel Aviv

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Eilat
clear sky     clear sky, 36 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 11 mph NNW
Air Pressure: 1011 hPa       Humidity: 16 %
Last updated: 22nd May 2019, 08:45 pm
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Israel: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 2 reviews for Israel holiday already. Average rating is 3 of 5 stars.
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    Manon, 71 years old was there in April

    The first two days in Jerusalem (25 and 26 April) were very bad: rain and thunderstorms. Bu!

    Weather Rating: 1 stars – Mostly bad

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    Mariana, 73 years old was there in October

    mostly warm, close to the desert hot, dry, rarely cloudy, all in all very pleasant

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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