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When to go to Israel: climate, best time and months to avoid

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Israel, in the Middle East, is an increasingly popular destination for international tourism. It is considered by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions as the promised land; in Jerusalem it is possible to visit the Wailing Wall, the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

On the coast, however, Tel Aviv offers golden beaches and the heart of the nation's financial and social life. IS need to carefully choose the right period, as the climate can be very hot at times. Let's see together then when to go to Israel: climate, best time and months to avoid.



Index

  1. Best time
  2. Period to avoid
  3. Climate and seasons
  4. User questions and comments

Best time

The territory of Israel, very vast, has an elongated shape that extends towards the deep desert, for this reason it is necessary to distinguish three main climatic areas:

  1. Mediterranean coast (Tel Aviv): May-June and September-October. July and August can be very hot and the winter a bit rainy. Midsummer is hot and humid, with peaks over 40 degrees. The periods of the Easter holidays are expensive and very crowded. Winter from November to February is not suitable for beach life
  2. Inner Region (Jerusalem): best period from April to October, temperatures are pleasantly warm and rains almost absent. January and February are the coldest months with the highest concentration of rainfall
  3. Southern Region (Eilat): here the climate is desert, the best time is from November to March

The best period is represented by the intermediate seasons, in spring with the months of April and May, and in autumn from late September to mid-November, both from an economic and climatic point of view.



Period to avoid

The most not recommended periods are summer (June-August) and winter (December-January); in summer the heat is too intense, especially in the south, and in winter the temperatures are not suitable for enjoying the coast

Climate and seasons

As there are different climatic zones, the climates that characterize Israel only mainly three: the coast is characterized by a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and mild and rainy winters; the inland area has a continental climate, with dry summers and winters that can be colder due to the Russian currents; finally, the southern area has a desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Mediterranean Coast (Tel Aviv)

The coast, where Tel Aviv is located, is characterized by a Mediterranean climate, with hot and humid summers, however tempered by the breeze of the Mediterranean Sea. Winters can be rainy but all in all mild. In Tel Aviv the average temperature in January is 14 °, that of August is 26 °, but in the summer period there can be peaks of 40 ° due to the very hot air coming from Egypt. The swimming can be done safely from May to October, in this period the water is hot enough. From December to February there is abundant rainfall, 10-13 days a month for a total of 580 mm of rain per year.
The periods of the Easter holidays are expensive and very crowded. Winter from November to February is not suitable for beach life.

Recommended period: May-June and September-October. Midsummer is sultry and humid, with peaks over 40 degrees, and winters a bit rainy.



Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Inner Region (Jerusalem)

In this region the climate becomes continental and mostly arid, far from the Mediterranean currents. Summers are mild and dry, the heat could be bearable in general, but the sun is often scorching and hot days can occur with the arrival of Egyptian air. The winters are all in all still mild, but, especially above 600 meters, snowfall may occur because of the icy currents coming from Russia.
In Jerusalem there are average temperatures of 9 ° in January and 24 ° in August. There is a long cold and rainy season, from November to March, but the millimeters fallen annually are still less than on the coast.
Precipitation decreases as you move further south. In the summer, however, it practically never rains and the amount of sunshine is excellent. During the winter, when it doesn't rain, the sun is still present.

Recommended period: the best months in Jerusalem are from April to October, the temperatures are pleasantly warm and the rains almost absent. Better to avoid the central months of winter.


Average Temperatures and Precipitation - Southern Region (Eilat)

In the southern region the climate becomes desert, presenting very hot summers, difficult to bear, and mild winters.
In Eilat there are average temperatures of 40 ° during the months of July and August, but the peaks recorded are around 45 °. In winter, on the other hand, the maximum temperature is close to 30 ° -33 °. The amount of sunshine is good throughout the year, however even in summer there can be some cloudy phenomena. In this area, rainfall is practically absent. The wettest months, the winter ones, can have a maximum of 2 days of rain, while from June to September it never rains. The Red Sea, which Eilat overlooks, can be a bit cool for swimming in the middle of winter, despite the mild outside temperature. In the summer months the sea easily reaches 28 °.

Recommended period: from March to May and from September to the first half of December; in April the average maximum temperature is 31 °, while in May it already starts to touch 36 °, in this period the rainfall is zero and the amount of sunshine increases; also excellent in October, with its minimum 22 ° and maximum 33 °. Between June and September it is hot.


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Info

  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Population: 8.345.000
  • Area: 20.770 sq. Km
  • Languages: Hebrew, Arabic
  • Currency: New Israeli Shekel (NIS) / € 1,00 = NIS 3,93
  • Documents: passport valid for 6 months; visa not required for tourist stays up to 90 days; upon entry, the Israeli authorities will hand over a coupon with all the traveler and travel data to be kept until the time of return to Italy
  • Time zone: + 1h compared to Italy
  • vaccinations: no compulsory vaccination, however some, including antipolio, are recommended
  • Safety info: visit the Israel section on the Farnesina website
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