Seasons in Lebanon

Lebanon is located on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea and has wide variety of relief. Those features are forming climate of the country. Overall weather conditions are considered as Mediterranean climate with regarding of altitude related features of weather of certain regions.

Coastal areas usually have cool winter and hot humid summer. Yet in mountainous areas temperature may go below 0 °C (32 °F) with snow. Although overall amount of precipitation in Lebanon is higher than in neighboring countries it north-eastern part is dry. Local mountains are blocking way of humid air masses from coast causing occasional sandstorms.

Also it is highly recommended to check political situation in the country beforehand journey.

Concerning holidays in Lebanon

Officially Lebanon is secular state yet almost 60% of population professes Islam so Islamic holidays are meaningful. Yet below only official public holidays will be indicated. In addition matching dates of Islamic lunar and Gregorian calendars is impossible in isolation from certain year.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Lebanon

This season in the country is time of gradual warming. March is rather cool for comfort visit. On most territory of the country temperature of air will be around 17 °C (63 °F). On the other hand weather of following months is perfect for almost all kind of tourist’s activities. Temperature on coasts reaches comfortable 25 °C (77 °F) in coastal areas and 15 °C (59 °F) in mountains.

In terms of precipitation spring is dry. Each month have no more than 3 rainy days with neglectable amounts of precipitation. Water in Mediterranean sea reaches mark of 22 °C at May thus most of time seaside activities are unavailable.

The climate of the spring months

(Beirut)

March
Max average t°: +19 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (53 °F)
Water t°: +18 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 36 mm (1.4")
April
Max average t°: +22.5 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 12 mm (0.5")
May
Max average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Min average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Water t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 7 mm (0.3")

Spring holidays

Easter celebrations at variable dates of March-April.

March 9 – Teachers' Day.
March 21 – Mother's Day.
March 25 – Feast of the Annunciation.

May 1 – Labor Day.
May 6 – Martyrs' Day.

Summer in Lebanon

Hot season in Lebanon is actually hot but not as hot as in other countries of Near East. Average temperatures of coastal and mountainous areas are 30 and 25 °C (77 and 86 °F) respectively. Inland territories are also drier due to features of the relief.

Summer is peak of tourist’s influx with all respective consequences. Such interest among travelers is logical air and water temperatures are in the best range. Starting from June water of the Mediterranean Sea warms up from 25 °C (77 °F) to 29 °C (84 °F) at August which are perfect conditions for swimming and related types of leisure.

The climate of the summer months

(Beirut)

June
Max average t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Min average t°: +20.5 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.9 mm (0.03")
July
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +22.5 °C (73 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0 mm (0.0")
August
Max average t°: +32 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +23 °C (74 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.1 mm (0.003")


Summer holidays

August 15 – Feast of the Assumption.

Autumn in Lebanon

Weather conditions of autumn are much similar to summer. Coastal areas are as warm as they were while in mountains temperature drops to 20 °C (68 °F). It is the best time for wine tasting and different sorts of recreation.

In terms of precipitation September is completely dry. At October rains are occur only in the Beqaa Valley with amount of 30 mm (1.1”) per month. At November with significant drop of temperature comparable amount of rains falls on whole territory of the country.

The climate of the autumn months

(Beirut)

September
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 8 mm (0.3")
October
Max average t°: +27 °C (81°F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 22 mm (0.9")
November
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +15.5 °C (60 °F)
Water t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 69 mm (2.7")

Autumn holidays

September 8 – Nativity of Mary.

November 1 – All Saints' Day.

November 22 – Lebanese Independence Day.

Winter in Lebanon

This season is usually cool and wet with annual peak of precipitation. While coastal areas are still relatively warm with range of temperatures between 18 and 20 °C (64-68 °F) in mountains air is much cooler. In most highland territories it doesn’t rises above 5 °C (41 °F). Yet there are thing to do in Lebanon even at winter. The country offers significant skiing tracks which are appreciated.

Each month have 2 to 4 rainy days with monthly amount of precipitation about 60 mm (2.3”). Water of the Mediterranean Sea has about 17 °C (63 °F) so swimming and other seaside activities aren’t the thing at winter in Lebanon.

The climate of the winter months

(Beirut)

December
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Water t°: +20.5 °C (69 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 68.5 mm (2.7")
January
Max average t°: +17 °C (62 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (51 °F)
Water t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 79.5 mm (3.1")
February
Max average t°: +17.5 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +10.5 °C (51 °F)
Water t°: +17.5 °C (64 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 54 mm (2.1")

Winter holidays

December 25 – Christmas.

January 1 – New Year's Day.
January 6 – Armenian Christmas.

February 9 – St. Maroun Day.
February 15 – St. Vartan Day.