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When is the best time to visit Israel?

As with much of the region, spring and autumn are the best times to travel to Israel, as the days are pleasantly warm and the nights are cool.

June through August can be quite hot during the day (32°C/90°F) though evenings are cooler and if you don’t mind the heat you’ll enjoy smaller crowds at popular sites.

In the winter, temperatures are much cooler (10°C/50°F), with Jerusalem even receiving the occasional snowfall.

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Israel Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Tel Aviv 18°C 134mm 19°C 90mm 22°C 54mm 24°C 13mm 27°C 4mm 29°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 32°C 0mm 31°C 1mm 29°C 19mm 25°C 96mm 20°C 153mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Israel

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Visiting Israel in September - October

The temperatures begin to cool off again in September and October, so the weather is much more pleasant than in the heat of the summer.

Events & Festivals

  • The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur is the day of atonement when Jews ask for forgiveness for their sins from the previous year. Observance includes a 25-hour fast beginning at sunset. Many businesses shut down over this period, and it can be difficult to find transportation or an open restaurant as many locals take time off work.
  • Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday marking the beginning of the Jewish calendar year. It is a time where the traditional shofar (ram’s horn) is blown from synagogues, and apples, honey and other sweets are eaten to celebrate the occasion. Be aware, many businesses will close during Rosh Hashanah.

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