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Best Time to Visit Israel

Two things must be kept in mind when visiting the Middle East - weather and religious holidays and festivals.

The best weather is in autumn and spring while the peak tourist season is usually during the summer months of June to early September, as locals and tourists from North America, Europe and other regions flock to Israel.

The ideal time to visit Israel to enjoy the milder and relatively lesser tourists crowds are Spring and Autumn, which occur between March to May and late September to early November respectively. Both these seasons escape the heat of the summer months, with spring averaging temperatures in the low 20’s and autumn in the mid-to high 20’s. Added to this is the benefit of low rainfall which allows for most activities and sightseeing, make these months a recommended time to visit.

However, despite the pleasant weather, one piece of travel advice if visiting during these seasons is that many Jewish festivals and holidays occur during these months. For instance Pesah (Passover) takes place in April, whilst September to November witness the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot holidays amongst others. At these times all shops and business establishments including cafes and restaurants close and accommodation becomes very expensive. Many of the sightseeing spots are not open to public during these holidays. Also while Israel may experience the hot, dry desert wind known as ‘Hamsin’ at anytime between March to November, these are more prone to occur during the Spring and Autumn months. While suitable hydration is recommended during these conditions, they do not tend to last very long and don't restrict outdoor movements and activities to a large extent.

Summer season is when most regions are on holidays, including the locals, and during these months the beaches and many sights of Israel tend to be crowded. These months tend to become quiet hot, with temperatures escalating upto the mid to late 30’s in some parts of the region. The coasts especially can be extremely hot and humid in August. .

The winter months between end-November to early-March, have the heaviest rainfall and certain areas are very cold around Israel. Amongst the many destinations, the city of Eliat is popular in winter. The crowds are the least during these months, which in turn means a few good deals and discounts on offer for fights and accommodations.

Climate

Israel’s climate is as varied as the terrain. But generally, Israel’s climate is temperate with two seasons: cold and rainy winters and hot and dry summers. As winter can be quite severe, travelers are advised to carry adequate clothing. In some places in summer, a warm sweater is required in the evenings. The hottest areas are below sea level. During autumn and spring, the periodic strong winds called "hamsin" raise the daily temperature. The widespread use of solar energy means that in the winter when there is lesser sunlight in Jerusalem and there can be a lack of hot water in cheaper accommodations, so no hot shower baths !! Rainfall is mostly between November and March, and again varies from region to region so that there is uneven distribution and sometimes droughts.


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