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Israel & the Palestinian Territories

Weather

Israel and the Palestinian Territories experience warm, cloudless days throughout the year and although it can get uncomfortably hot in some areas there is always somewhere in the country offering cool respite.

When to go

Israel and the Palestinian Territories are open for all seasons, but there are a few factors to consider when planning your trip. Weather-wise, the best time to visit is in the spring (April and May) or autumn (September and October) when temperatures are mild in most areas. November and March are likewise pleasant but do see some rain, especially in the coastal areas and up north. Consider regional temperatures; while the south is still pleasant in November, the Golan will be cold and wet.

Winter (mid-November to mid-March) can be surprisingly chilly, with heavy rain along the coast and frost in the highlands. Mt Hermon in the Golan gets enough snow to ski on and even Jerusalem can see occasional snow flurries. January temperatures in Jerusalem are 6°C to 11°C, while at the same time in Eilat it is 10°C to 21°C. During these months low season prices prevail.

Summertime temperatures in the far south are extreme. Eilat will see highs topping 40°C, but this is a dry heat. The weather can be even more oppressive in Tel Aviv where the humidity will make you sweat standing in the shade. This is a good time to visit Jerusalem or other highland areas that are less affected by coastal humidity. Summer is also the peak season for tourists; hotel prices are at their highest and it can sometimes be difficult to get accommodation.

If possible, avoid visiting Israel during Jewish religious holidays when businesses close, public transport is limited and accommodation prices double or triple. If you happen to be in Israel or the Palestinian Territories during a holiday period, just ride it out and enjoy the celebrations.