Best and Worst Times to Visit Israel in 2024/2025

Best and Worst Times to Visit Israel in 2024/2025

By Vicky Leng | Updated Feb. 21, 2024

Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are the best times to visit Israel with pleasant temperatures of around68–82°F (20–27°C). During these times, you can experience more clear days and ideal conditions for engaging in outdoor activities, such as diving, desert safaris, and floating on the Dead Sea.

The rainy season in Israel is from November to March but there is not much rain, with an average rainfall of 60–90 mm (2–4 inches) during this period. You can expect it to be less crowded and have lower costs.

In this article, we're going to provide you with information and travel advice for Israel's best and worst times, the rainy season, and monthly weather conditions.

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Best Times for Fewer Crowds and Lower Prices in Israel

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January and February are the low season in Israel due to the winter weather, with temperatures of 57–59°F (13–15°C), and it is also the rainy season. Both months offer the benefits of experiencing fewer crowds and lower prices. With them come good deals on airfares and hotels.

The rainy season in Israel usually lasts from November to March, with the rainfall ranging from 60–90 mm (2–4 inches). There can be occasional heavy rainfall but the rain does not last for extended periods and is unlikely to impact your trip plans.

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Best Times for Festivals Experienced in Israel

If you're interested in experiencing Israel's cultural events and festivals, such as Passover, Sukkot, or Independence Day, the best times to immerse yourself and fully enjoy the vibrant festive atmospheres are usually from April to May (for Passover and Independence Day) and September to October (for Sukkot, i.e. the Feast of Tabernacles).

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Worst Times to Visit Israel

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Considering Israel's temperatures, the worst times to visit Israel is most often considered to be during the summer months from June to August. Temperatures often reach above 88°F (31°C) at this time. In the south, such as in Eilat, the temperature may exceed 102°F (39°C).

For families with school-age children, you might have to travel in the summer holiday, but June is the best month for a summer trip to Israel as you can expect cooler weather, fewer crowds, and cheaper costs than in July/August. Our specialist travel consultants would create a flexible that itinerary that focuses on your interests and would design your trip to be as comfortable as possible in the hot weather.

If crowds are a big problem for you, you'd better avoid the festival seasons from April to May, September to October, and at Christmas and New Year. These periods tend to attract more travelers at popular scenic spots. To avoid the largest crowds but still have decent weather prospects, you could visit Israel early or late in the peak seasons.

Therefore, we suggest that you plan your trip ahead of time and book your flights and hotels at least 3 months in advance. Taking a private tour would make your trip more worry-free, which is especially helpful in the bad weather months or peak seasons.

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Israel Travel Guide by Month

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  • January
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  • November
  • December

Israel Weather in January: The Coldest Month

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January is the coldest month in Israel with average high temperatures of about 55°F (12°C ) in most areas.

Rainfall is common in January and there may occasionally be heavy rain. In some areas, it even snows sometimes.

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