Climate in Jerusalem, Israel

Climate in Jerusalem, Israel
Despite the common misconception that Jerusalem lies in the midst of a sweltering desert, the city's climate is classified as subtropical and only semiarid. With ample amounts of sunlight and comfortable temperatures throughout most of the year, Jerusalem's weather is ideal for exploring its wealth of outdoor sites and attractions. Whether you hope to hike the Mount of Olives, wander the passageways of the Old City or navigate the depths of Hezekiah's Tunnel, it's rarely too hot or too cold in Jerusalem.


Jerusalem's summers are warm and dry, lasting from May until September or October and peaking in August.


Jerusalem has cool and slightly wet winters that often, but not always, see light snowfall. The coldest months are December through February.


Mean temperatures in Jerusalem vary by about 25 °Fahrenheit (14 °Celsius) throughout the year, with average daily temperatures reaching a high in August at 75 °F (24 °C) and a low in January at 50 °F (10 °C).


Jerusalem receives an average of only 24 inches (600mm) of rain per year.

Humidity & Sharav

Sharav (Hebrew) or khamsin (Arabic) refers to the dry desert winds that often blow through Jerusalem during autumn months, bringing humidity levels down to 40 percent or lower from an average of 62 percent.

Article Written By Anthon Jackson

Anthon Jackson is a writer and photographer. Since obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern studies in 2008, he has authored travel guides for the likes of Rough Guides, A-Z World Travels and Adventure Journey while his work has also been featured by such publications as "GEOspecial," "Reader's Digest," Lonely Planet and National Geographic Traveler.

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