Best Time To Visit Jerusalem

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The best time to visit Jerusalem is any time between April-May and September-November. The average temperature during April-May is around 22 degrees Celsius, and the average temperature during September-November is 24.7 degrees Celsius. These months can be counted as the shoulder season in Jerusalem as the weather is comfortable enough for touring out and also, streets and hotels of Jerusalem are the least crowded. Also, the accommodation costs are lower as well as the airfares than that of the peak tourist months of June- September. This is the high season in Jerusalem, and hence, there are unruly crowds on the streets during these months, and also the room rates are skyrocketing. The winter months of December-March is all about unpredictable weather conditions and low tourist rates. These months are considered to be the low season in Jerusalem solely because of the weather conditions. At times, it’s sunny during the day, and at times it’s chilly and gloomy. The average temperature during the winter season is 13 degrees Celsius, and it’s also the wettest season in Jerusalem with a precipitation rate of 8.4 mm. So, in case you wish to travel there during winters, make sure you carry a raincoat along with your woollens as precipitation is common.

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Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 11°/ 5° 13 days
February 13°/ 6° 6 days
March 16°/ 8° 10 days
April 20°/ 10° 2 days
May 29°/ 15° 2 days
June 29°/ 17° 1 days
July 30°/ 17° 0 days
August 30°/ 18° 0 days
September 29°/ 16° 0 days
October 26°/ 15° 3 days
November 22°/ 13° 1 days
December 15°/ 8° 6 days

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Jerusalem in Summer (June - September)

Summer months of June-September are the most crowded in Jerusalem. It’s the peak tourist season even when the temperature is scorching hot and dry. If the higher temperature isn’t a problem for you, and if you can stand the heat, Jerusalem is a perfect destination for you during the summers. There’s ample sunlight and also, the hotel rates are higher than ever before. For movie enthusiasts, Jerusalem Film Festival is an exciting event for watching some of the best worldwide cinemas. High Holy Days at the end of September celebrates Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana with much pomp and glory. It’s basically the revelry among the locals for the Day of Atonement and the Jewish New Year respectively.

Jerusalem in Autumn (October - November)

October and November are the autumn months in Jerusalem and these two months is again a good time to visit the place. The temperature ranges between 15-18 degrees Celsius and hence, it’s an ideal time to explore around the places. Same as the spring months, the hotel rates and airfares are lower. Sukkot or the Feast of Tabernacles is celebrated in October and it is a biblical Jewish holiday and also known as the Festival of Ingathering.

Jerusalem in Winter (December - March)

Jerusalem is cooler than Tel Aviv, its neighbour during winters. The daytime temperatures hover around 18 degrees Celsius. Also, winter is the wettest season in Jerusalem, and you can expect rainfall almost every day. So, along with your warm layers of clothing, carrying raincoats is preferable. As it’s the low tourist season, the hotels and other accommodation prices are low. However, this can be an excellent time to travel for the budget-minded tourists as even airfares are not so costly. Hanukkah, the festival of light, is a significant event during the winter season in Jerusalem. The locals celebrate the revival of the Temple of Jerusalem by lighting candles. For the book-loving travellers, the Jerusalem International Book Fair is an excellent opportunity to explore and buy books by various worldwide writers of different genres. It takes place in February. Jerusalem Marathon takes place in March, and it is quite a loved and well-participated event in Jerusalem. The various categories of the marathon are well-suited for the participants.

Jerusalem in Spring (April - May)

As mentioned above, the spring months of April-May are undeniably one of the best times to visit Jerusalem. The weather is comfortable enough with a lot of sunshine. The temperature highs are around 21 degrees Celsius. Also, you will be able to get some of the best hotel deals during this time as Jerusalem is not at all crowded in spring. However, Passover and Easter are really busy times in Jerusalem and you might want to avoid travelling during these events if you wish to keep off from the crowd. Jerusalem becomes the Holy Land for religious travellers around the globe during these two major events. Jerusalem Day is celebrated in May with parades, state ceremonies and processions. It marks the reunification of Jerusalem and the formation of Israel. In May, Israel Festival is celebrated for classical music in ancient Caesarea’s Roman theatres.

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