Seasons in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the second biggest city in Israel. It is situated on eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea in 65 km (40 mi.) to west from Jerusalem. Due to much lower elevation above sea level Tel Aviv is warmer than the capital of the country. There are no obstacles for direct influence of the sea and at the same time Judaean Mountains are smoothening influence of deserts of the Arabian Peninsula.

The city has pronounced Mediterranean climate. Winters there are warm and rainy while summers are hot and dry. Temperature hardly ever drops below 10 °C (50 °F), but occasionally rises above 30 °C (86 °F). Rainfall in general is moderate (around 530 mm or 21” per year) and snow is exceptionally rare (last observed in 1950). Average temperature of the sea is between 18 °C (64 °F) and 28 °C (82 °F).


Seasons

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Spring in Tel Aviv

Weather of early spring in Tel Aviv on one hand is too cool for swimming, but on another there are great conditions for strolls and sightseeing. 12 hours of daily sunshine promote on foot explorations of the city. Between March and April daytime average temperature grows from 20 °C (68 °F) to 24 °C (75 °F). Nights become warmer too with progression from 14 °C (57 °F) to 17 °C (62 °F).

May offers weather almost perfect weather conditions. There are no rains and at afternoon air warms up to 27 °C (80 °F) and then cools down to 20 °C (68 °F) at night. Water in the Mediterranean Sea is as warm as 22 °C (71 °F). Spring in Tel Aviv is time of watermelons, passion fruit and papaya.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Water t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 27 mm (1.1")
April
Max average t°: +24.5 °C (76 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 17 mm (0.6")
May
Max average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 6 mm (0.2")

Spring Holidays

Public holidays in Israel are held according to Hebrew calendar, so they will be listed by respective range of dates in Gregorian calendar:

March – Fresh Paint Fair, Holon’s Woman Festival, Days of Flamenco, French Film Festival, FestiJazz (Giva'atayim), International Spring Festival (Rishon Le-Zion).
March-April (Nisan 10) – Aliyah Day (Yom HaAliyah).
March 26-April 25 (Nisan 15) – Passover.

April – EPOS International Art Film Festival, Israel's Brass Band Festival (Kfar Saba), Teatroneto Theatre Festival.
April1-May 1 (Nisan 22) – Mimouna.
April 7-May 7 (Nisan 27) – Holocaust Remembrance Day.
April 14-May 14 (Iyar 4) – Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism.
Aril 15-May 15 (Iyar 5) – Independence Day.

May – Dragon Boat Festival, Docaviv, White City Music Festival, The Felicia Blumental International Music Festival, Arthur Rubenstein International Piano Master Competition, The Israel Festival.
May 9 – Victory in Europe Day.
May 15-June 14 (Sivan 6) – Shavuot.

Summer in Tel Aviv

June is another best month for visiting Tel Aviv. Warm sun shines over the city, warm water in the sea welcomes swimmers and breezy evenings seem perfect for romance. Daily ranges are between 23 °C (73 °F) and 29 °C (84 °F) while the sea has around 25 °C (77 °F). Jellyfish breeding season in late June-early July is only concern, so it is better to plan vacation on beginning of summer.

July and August are too hot to be considered as comfortable. Merciless sun heats air up to 32 °C (89 °F) and the sea is almost 29 °C (84 °F), so it isn’t much cooler than air. Occasionally thermometer readings even hit mark of 38 °C (100 °F), especially in August. Even nighttime average of around 26 °C (79 °F) brings no relief. So visit to Tel Aviv in late summer requires careful consideration.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.7 mm (0.03")
July
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.2 mm (0.01")
August
Max average t°: +32 °C (90 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.3 mm (0.01")

Summer Holidays

Public holidays in Israel are held according to Hebrew calendar, so they will be listed by respective range of dates in Gregorian calendar:

June – Pride Week, TLVFest, Sail Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, Laila Lavan.

July – Music on the Water Festival (Herzliya), Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival, Open Stage Festival (Beit Lessin), International Live Statues Festival (Rehovot), Tel Aviv Water War Fight.

August – TLV Opportunities, Opera in the Park, Animix – The International Animation, Comics, Caricature Festival; The Humus Festival, Beach Cinema.

Autumn in Tel Aviv

September and October form second best period to visit Tel Aviv. Daily averages are gradually reducing from 30 °C (86 °F) to 28 °C (82 °F) and there are almost no sudden strikes of heat. Evenings and nights are comfortable with temperature of 25-23 °C (77-73 °F) and the sea is still warm enough for pleasant swimming.

November is less comfortable. Temperature averages of 19-25 °C (66-77 °F) seem to be fine, but actually last autumn month is cool. The thing is occasional showers accompanied by strong winds. First half of November is drier and warmer.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Water t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.8 mm (0.03")
October
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Water t°: +26.5 °C (80 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 8 mm (0.3")
November
Max average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (56 °F)
Water t°: +23.5 °C (74 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 28 mm (1.1")

Autumn Holidays

Public holidays in Israel are held according to Hebrew calendar, so they will be listed by respective range of dates in Gregorian calendar:

September – DLD innovation festival, Tel Aviv Illustration Week, Childhood Sounds Festival, Taste Festival of Jaffa.
September 5-October 5 (Tishrei 1-2) – New Year.
September 14-October 14 (Tishrei 10) – Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).

September 19-October 19 (Tishrei 15-21) – Feat of Tabernacles.
September 26-October 26 (Tishrei 22) – Simchat Torah/Shmini Atzeret.
October – The Icon Festival, Tel Aviv Night Run, Cycle Tel Aviv, Israel Storytelling Festival, Icon - Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival.

November – Dance Europa festival, Israel Piano Festival.
November 27-December 27 (Kislev 25-Tevet 3) – Hannukah.

Winter in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv has warm climate in general, but warm doesn’t mean comfortable. Winter in the city means rains and cool winds from the sea. Average temperature at afternoon hovers between 17 °C (62 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F) and ranges between 12 °C (53 °F) and 14 °C (57 °F) at night. The sea is too cool for swimming and frequent showers are making wandering among streets of Tel Aviv less comfortable. It is better to spend winter vacation in the city in museums, restaurants, bars or shops. Luckily there are plenty of establishments of such kind.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Water t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 82 mm (3.2")
January
Max average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Water t°: +18.5 °C (65 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 80 mm (3.1")
February
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Water t°: +17.5 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 48 mm (1.9")

Winter Holidays

Public holidays in Israel are held according to Hebrew calendar, so they will be listed by respective range of dates in Gregorian calendar:

December 31 – Sylvester Eve (New Year’s Eve by Gregorian Calendar).
January – The Be'er Festival, Fashion Designers Bazaar.

February – The Tel Aviv Marathon, TLV Opportunities, British Film Festival, Jazz Festival, Irish Festival.
February 25-March-25 (Adar 14-15) – Purim.