Israel Weather Tips

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Snow-capped peaks of Mt. Hermon

One of the many joys of traveling Israel is the diversity of its rich landscape with geographical features of an entire continent stretching across just 470 km of land. On a trip from Metula, the most northern point of Israel, to Eilat in the south, visitors will enjoy luscious green mountain ranges, forested highlands, deep semitropical valleys, coastal cities, and desert landscapes. Similarly, the climate changes with the rolling landscape, and when planning your trip it is important to factor in both the seasonal and regional changes.

Israel’s climate is characterized by sunny, cloudless days for most of the year with Long hot summers from May – October, Warm bright springs during April-May and A rainy season from November to March.   But whatever the weather, Israel’s outdoor culture caters to every season. During your trip, visit the Israel Meteorological Service for up to date weather information.

Daviddarom  Public DomainGulf of Eilat Red Sea Coral

Daviddarom  Public Domain
Gulf of Eilat Red Sea Coral

No matter what the season, Israel’s diverse climate with snowy mountains in the north and hot desert in the south cater to all. Choose to walk a desert trail, take a city culture break, rappel in the Golan Heights, relax on the sandy beaches, frolic in the snow, and more.

Israel Weather in the Winter

Winters in Israel are short-lived as the sun continues to shine with temperatures averaging between 8-18 degrees Celsius, an ideal time to take advantage of off-peak travel deals, cure the winter blues, and explore the country. Visitors can head to the cooling desert south – just an hour’s drive from Tel Aviv – and hike the plains, visit Bedouin communities, or take some winter woollies and go stargazing in the Negev.

During the winter months, at 2020 meters above sea-level the lower ranges of Mt. Hermon become ski slopes, where Israelis and ski-enthusiasts alike can enjoy the winter weather and crisp mountain air. The Hermon resort covers about 45 miles of tracks for snowboarding and skiing at all levels. The site has 11 cable cars, ski lifts, a ski school (for more information, call +972-4-900-7510), and ski equipment rental shop. And those not wanting to ski can go snow sledging, or experience the “extreme” mountain slides.  Mount Hermon Ski Resort is open all year round, with hiking activities and more to offer during warmer seasons.

Israel in the Summer

While in the northern regions; frosty days and the occasional snow flurry can make for a pleasant change as locals and tourists alike flock to Mt. Hermon in the Golan Heights to ski.

In the coastal cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa winter allows for some quality time to go gallery-hopping.  Head to one of the many world-class art or history museums, or wander through the heart of Tel Aviv along Ahad Ha’am and Balfour streets, the area that has been recently declared a UNESCO world heritage site for having the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus buildings.

Ashdod Harbour

Ashdod Harbour

From February, the days begin to grow ever longer and warmer, and by July peak summer temperatures can soar to a whopping 40 degrees in parts of the country such as the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee, and Eilat. The Dead Sea is not only the lowest point on Earth, but also the planet’s saltiest body of water, and surrounded by a number of spas the perfect stop for a day of sun, relaxation, and therapeutic Dead Sea mud treatments.

Prefer cooler temperatures?  Be enticed by the winds of the Jerusalem Hills: a region that has attracted pilgrims for thousands of years. Located in the Judean Mountains, the seven hills surrounding the capital city of Jerusalem are steeped in history, archeology, culture, and home to natural springs and forestry. This is the time to pick the fruits of the forest, wade in the springs, or take-in the magnificent views on a hilltop tour.

If the heat is getting you hot under the collar, why not head to the most southern point of Israel on the Gulf of Aqaba, for a dip in the warm rippling waters of the Red Sea. Here you can go diving with the dolphins (up to 30 meters) or snorkel amongst the iridescent corals in 25 degree, crystal clear water.  Other water-sports in the area include canoeing, water-skiing, and para-sailing.

צולם ע"י שילה אסנפי  CC BY 2.5Anemone Coronaria Israel

צולם ע”י שילה אסנפי  CC BY 2.5
Anemone Coronaria Israel

Spring: Full Bloom

To celebrate the turn of the season, “Lilies of the Field” (Anemone Coronaria) pop-up all over the country in clusters of red, blue, and white. This small, poppy-like flower is an exquisite sight in the Carmel Forest and flowers in late February-early March; the perfect time to enjoy a spring stroll, and be sure to take a camera.    For more information on the Carmel, visit the parks website here.

Autumnal Flock

אלכס גרינברג  CC BY 2.5Birds flying over Hula Valley

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Birds flying over Hula Valley

The Hula Valley and lake is a place of history and abundant beauty, and as the weather begins to cool, visitors can experience a wonder of nature as hundreds of different species of birds flock to the valley in October-November to rest on their journey south. Over 200 species land here, including cranes, storks, pelicans and egrets, to refuel in the reserve. There are many activities for the nature enthusiast, and the Hula Nature Reserve has paths, a ‘floating-bridge’ over the swamp and huts from which to bird-watch.  The annual bird festival November 12 -18, 2012 will include photography package tours, lectures by leading ornithologists, and general nature walks.

Israel Weather Tips: Did You Know?

To help plan your time in the sun safely, you can use the UV index.  This index provides the UV level forecast you will experience each hour between 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 6 major locations in Israel.