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When is the best time to visit Israel?

The best time to travel to Israel is during their spring and autumn seasons (April to May and September to October respectively). The days are pleasantly warm, with temperatures in the mid-to-late twenties, and the nights are cool.

It can be quite hot during the day from June to August, with temperatures of 32°C, though the evenings are cooler. You’ll enjoy smaller crowds at popular sites if you don’t mind the heat.

Temperatures are much cooler in winter (around 10°C), 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
Acre 16°C 152mm 17°C 102mm 19°C 65mm 23°C 29mm 26°C 5mm 28°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 30°C 1mm 27°C 34mm 23°C 83mm 18°C 152mm
Bethlehem 13°C 137mm 14°C 111mm 17°C 88mm 22°C 27mm 26°C 3mm 28°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 28°C 1mm 25°C 19mm 20°C 60mm 15°C 111mm
Galilee 17°C 97mm 19°C 71mm 21°C 57mm 26°C 29mm 30°C 5mm 33°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 35°C 0mm 33°C 0mm 30°C 15mm 25°C 50mm 19°C 89mm
Jericho 17°C 94mm 18°C 72mm 21°C 58mm 26°C 18mm 30°C 3mm 32°C 0mm 34°C 0mm 34°C 0mm 32°C 0mm 29°C 14mm 24°C 43mm 18°C 81mm
Jerusalem 13°C 137mm 14°C 111mm 17°C 88mm 22°C 27mm 26°C 3mm 28°C 0mm 29°C 0mm 30°C 0mm 28°C 1mm 25°C 19mm 20°C 60mm 15°C 111mm
Nazareth 15°C 140mm 16°C 103mm 18°C 76mm 23°C 34mm 26°C 6mm 29°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 31°C 0mm 30°C 1mm 27°C 26mm 22°C 74mm 17°C 139mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in Israel

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Visiting Israel in January - March

In the early months of the year, temperatures in Israel are on the cooler side, with some parts of the country seeing the odd snowfall. This is also the time of year when Israel is most likely to experience rain.

Events & Festivals

  • One of the most joyful days on the Jewish calendar, Purim, which takes place in March, celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a Persian plot to purge the population. You’ll find the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem lined with lively celebrations, creating a carnival-like atmosphere.
  • Easter is incredibly busy in Israel, with many Christians choosing to celebrate the holiday in the Holy Land, especially in Jerusalem.
Garden Tomb, Jerusalem

Visiting Israel in April - May

As spring begins in Israel the weather becomes much more agreeable with the sun shining and temperatures rising. Evenings can still be a bit cool, so be sure to pack a light sweater or jacket.

Events & Festivals

  • Yom Haatzmaut, which falls in April or May, celebrates the formal establishment of the State of Israel, and is always directly preceded by Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who gave their lives for the cause. There is an almost incongruous ‘switch’ from somberness of Memorial Day to to the lively celebrations, shows and festive events the following day.
  • Commemorating the Exodus story, Passover, which usually falls in April, is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish calendar. As such it’s also a particularly busy time to travel – all Israeli schools are closed and many families will spend time moving around the country, making it one of the most difficult times to get to certain sites or find hotel rooms. Many Jews will observe strict dietary rules during this period, and these restrictions may also affect the availability of certain foods in many hotels, though overall there is a feeling of celebration.
  • Easter is incredibly busy in Israel, with many Christians choosing to celebrate the holiday in the Holy Land, especially in Jerusalem.
The Dead Sea Salt Shore, Israel

Visiting Israel in June - August

Temperatures rise rapidly in the summer, with long days of powerful sunshine. Be sure to bring plenty of sun protection if you plan on visiting Israel during this period.

Hafia, Israel

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.
Candles inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem

Visiting Israel in November - December

Cooler winter weather returns in November and December, with the possibility of snow and certainly rain in Jerusalem.

Events & Festivals

  • One of the most iconic Jewish holidays, Hanukkah is the eight-day festival of lights, celebrated by lighting menorahs and eating lots of oily food. In Israel, you can witness the annual relay race that brings a torch from the hills of Judea to light the menorah by the Western Wall.
  • Although Judaism and Islam are the biggest religions in Israel, many Christian residents and visitors spend Christmas in the Holy Land, especially in areas such as Bethlehem and Nazareth.

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