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Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in Israel. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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When is the best time to visit Israel?

The best time to visit Israel (Jerusalem) is May based on the following average weather conditions.

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Max Day Temperature (°C)

  • 13°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Israel (Jerusalem)13
    Jan
  • 15°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Israel (Jerusalem)15
    Feb
  • 17°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Israel (Jerusalem)17
    Mar
  • 22°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Israel (Jerusalem)22
    Apr
  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Israel (Jerusalem)26
    May
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Israel (Jerusalem)29
    Jun
  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Israel (Jerusalem)30
    Jul
  • 30°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Israel (Jerusalem)30
    Aug
  • 29°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Israel (Jerusalem)29
    Sep
  • 26°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Israel (Jerusalem)26
    Oct
  • 20°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Israel (Jerusalem)20
    Nov
  • 15°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Israel (Jerusalem)15
    Dec

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The weather guide for Israel (Jerusalem) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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Israel weather overview

More than half of Israel is desert and there are pronounced differences in the climate between the Negev desert region and the fertile north of the country. In the North, a Mediterranean climate prevails bringing hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Frost and snow are virtually unheard of but winter rain comes in short, intense bursts, so be prepared.

On the coast, the summer weather is muggier and afternoons, when sea breezes disperse some of the humidity, are the most pleasant time of the day. In the inland hills around Galilee, summer daytime conditions are dryer and more pleasant but nights can be chilly and winter brings both heavy rainfall and occasional snowfalls. Beyond the hills to the south lies the desert where rainfall is low and localised, taking the form of sudden, intense showers during the winter months.

Daytime summer conditions here can be very hot, especially when the warm Khamsin (or, in Hebrew, 'Sharav') wind blows but nights are chilly and crisp. Israel is a very sunny country which has made it a popular holiday destination throughout the year but an especially good option for winter sun.

What to pack for Israel weather

Pack light clothing for the summer with warmer cover-ups for winter visits to the hills or Galilee and nights in the desert. Include a light scarf in early summer to protect yourself from the dusty Khamsin winds.

Which is the hottest month in Israel?

The hottest time of year in Jerusalem, Israel is normally August. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 30°C with moderate heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in Israel?

In terms of rainfall, January is usually the wettest month in Jerusalem, Israel with 137mm on average. There are normally 10 days in January with some rain.

When is it sunniest in Israel?

The sunniest time of year in Jerusalem, Israel is normally July with bright sunshine on average for 91% of daylight hours; that's 13 hours of sunshine per day.

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