How Cold Does It Get in Israel?

August 11, 2023

The weather in Israel is a bit like the country itself: it’s complex. While the majority of the time it’s warm and sunny, a few times each year it’s rainy or even snowy. Thankfully, the difference between those seasons isn’t extreme, but it does mean that you should always bring some extra layers in your suitcase just in case.

The best time of the year to visit Israel is spring and autumn. Temperatures are pleasantly warm but not too hot, making it the perfect time to explore the historic and religious sites of Jerusalem or Nazareth. In inland regions, where the altitude is higher, winter can be a bit colder than in Tel Aviv or Tiberias, with rain falling often. Cold air masses from Russia can sometimes also cause it to snow in January or February.

In northern Israel, however, the weather is more moderate. Here you’ll find the vibrant port of Acre; enchanting grottoes in Rosh HaNikra, atop a remarkable geological creation; and boutique wineries, including Assaf, Pelter, Golan Heights and Lotem. So long, summer heat; hello, northern charm.

The best way to dress for these months is in light summer clothes and a lightweight sweater. But don’t pack your feather down coat, as the temperatures aren’t quite yet “sweater weather”. You may start the day with it on and take it off by midday, but you’ll want a sweater in the evening when traveling to places like Jerusalem or the Galilee hills.


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