What is the best time to visit Israel?

December to April is the best time to visit Israel. This Middle Eastern country is beautiful and overflows with tourists during the peak season. The year starts with spiritual Hanukkah and its treats and customs. The colder months in the peak season from November to March are the best to experience the tranquillity of the Dead Sea. June, July and August are also crowded in Israel with tourists looking forward to experiencing the best of the country without much crowds around. However, if you wish to enjoy Israel at its calmest and loneliest, book your tickets for May or September. During these off months, you will have the magnificent chance of witnessing the abandoned cities of Israel in context of the holiest days of Yom Kippur.

Season in Israel

Peak Season
Israel is most beautiful in the months of January-April. The country turns green during February and March due to winter rains. Galilee and Golan showcase the beauty of wildflowers, and it’s an absolute sight for the tourists. The weather is pretty good in the winter months; however, the heat starts to show up from late March. It’s not possible to enjoy swimming in the Mediterranean during this time. However, you can still take a chance of swimming in the Dead Sea or the Eilat due to occasional heat waves.

Shoulder Season
March to May and October and November are the shoulder months in Israel which is also the spring season in the country. During this time, the weather is good and comfortable. Also, the accommodation and other costs are affordable and cheaper than that of the peak season. So, you can enjoy the best of the country on these shoulder months with scattered crowds and discounted prices.

Offseason
December and February are the low months in Israel. During these two months, the country gets cold and uncomfortable for trips around. However, a visit to the Dead Sea during this time is not that bad. At times, you can also get some winter rains which makes the temperature lower further. So, if you plan on travelling to Israel during the low season, you should ensure that you carry layered clothes, warm socks, an umbrella and a raincoat to keep yourself ready for the sudden weather changes.

Winter in Israel (December-February)

Winters in Israel is freezing with snowfalls in Golan Heights and at times in Jerusalem as well. Temperature varies in each area including seashore areas (such as Tel Aviv) to the mountain areas (such as Jerusalem). Winter is not unbearable, and it ranges from 17-22 degree C during mornings and from 10-15 degree C during nights. Slight snowfall and cold climate are experienced in Jerusalem. Also, this is the season of the highest rainfall in the country with an average of 70-110 mm. So, your travel plans might get affected during this season. However, the best thing is, you can get a lot of discounts on accommodation and airfares during winters in Israel. The country is generally freezing during these months, and if you wish to avoid such weather conditions, you can head to the Dead Sea where the temperature is a bit warm. Christmas is a massive celebration in Israel, and you can be a part of it. Being a spectator of the special Christmas rites in one of the oldest places of Christianity can be overwhelming. So, if you wish to be a part of the Midnight Mass in the Bethlehem at the Church of the Nativity, you might need to book your place one year in advance!

Spring in Israel (March - May)

Weather in Israel
Spring is an ideal time for visiting Israel. The weather remains pleasant, and there is a little rainfall too. The travelling prices (airfares), as well as the hotel costs, are lower. So, during spring, you can visit the best places in Israel without having to face any crowd. The average temperature during the spring season is 50 – 81° F / 10 – 27° C with an average rainfall of 10-60 mm.

Events and Things to Do in Spring
During this time, you must not forget to visit Tel Aviv. You can experience the best of the city by biking. In March and April, the Jewish Festival of Passover and Easter takes place which is an essential cultural event in Israel. You should also visit the magnificent Hula Valley in spring where flora and fauna come to life during these months.
The Jewish Purim Holiday is also a week-long celebration in March. If you are lucky enough, you can be a part of the Israeli Independence Day and Memorial Day. These celebrations are something to behold. The Jewish festival of Shavuot also happens in May, which is a holiday in the country. A trip to Kibbutz during this time will let you experience the best of this harvest festival.

Summer in Israel (June - September)

Weather in Israel
Summer months are quite hot in Israel. The hamsin (hot desert winds) blows now and then which makes the touring part a bit uncomfortable. However, if you can plan properly, it won’t be unbearable, and also, if you can stay away from the deserts, you won’t have to worry about the hamsin much. This is generally the holiday season across the globe, and hence, Israel remains crowded during these months. The average temperature runs from 64 – 88° F / 18 – 31° C and the average rainfall is 10 mm.

Events and Things to do in Summer
During this time, Jerusalem and the highlands are the most crowded for its splendid weather conditions. If you wish to get a tan, get to the beaches of Tel Aviv. There are some of the significant events that happen during this time. The Tel Aviv Pride, Israel Festival in Jerusalem, Karmiel Dance Festival and the Jerusalem Beer Festival are to name a few. However, the Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur fall in September. So, if you are travelling at that time, give it a second thought as the whole country goes on a halt!

Autumn in Israel (October and November)

For experiencing great weather, lesser crowd and discounted price ranges everywhere, you can plan your trip to Israel during fall. The weather gets colder as the summer heat fades away and the rainfall starts at a few places with an average of 30-70 mm. A trip to the Hua Valley can be happening for your trip to Israel during fall. You will be able to behold some migratory birds and picturesque natural beauty. Golan Heights also gets beautiful during fall. To experience the Israeli culture at its best, end-September and October can be great to visit the country for Yom Kippur and Jewish New Year. Apart from this, there are not many festivals that happen during this time in Israel.

Monthly Weather in Israel

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January 7 16
February 6 17
March 10 20
April 13 24
May 17 27
June 19 29
July 22 31
August 23 32
September 21 30
October 18 29
November 13 24
December 8 17

Best time to visit the top destinations in Israel

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