Jerusalem is a small city in light of the fact that it is the birthplace of the world’s three biggest religions: Judaism, Islam and Christianity. The city has been a center of hot debates and cold shoulders for centuries and millenniums, but what matters to most international tourists is the hotness and coldness of Jerusalem climate. Weather in Jerusalem is largely influenced by the city’s location on top of the Judean Hills. This means the city experiences wet and cold winters with occasional snow, but with hot and sunny summers.
Israelis love the sight of snow, but sadly white winter doesn’t come regularly. Jerusalem winter is cold but sometimes not cold enough for snow. Yet, Israelis love the sight of rain just the same. Rain always arrives in November, all the way to April. Jerusalem residents do not complain of getting wet since the city largely depends on the winter rains for their supply of water. People enjoy the year’s first downpour; it’s not a surprise to see children bathing outside in cold rain in November. The rains could delay its coming until December and could arrive as early as September.
With average temperatures ranging from 6°C to 12°C, the coldest and wettest months are January and February, while November and December are mild. During the winter months, airfare, hotels and museums are less expensive. There are fewer tourists in the city, but those who enjoy getting discounts make sure to come during these months.
Summer in Jerusalem, on the other hand, is completely dry without a single drop of rain to kiss the parched soil. Officially, Jerusalem summer begins in May and ends in September with the first sign of rain. Despite the heat during these months, tourists love to come for three reasons: (1) it is the perfect time to go sightseeing without being interrupted by rain, (2) the sky is invitingly blue throughout, and (3) evenings are balmy, romantic and not hot at all.
Summer is the best time to visit Jerusalem’s most important tourist attractions. Those on a religious tour, must-see places are the Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Dome of the Rock, Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Mosque, among others; when on a historic tour, some of the most important sites are the Tower of David, Ramparts Walk and Jerusalem Archeological Park; and when traveling with kids, visit the Time Elevator, Mini Israel Park and Biblical Zoo.
When touring the city in summer, a tourist’s best friends are his sunglasses, a hat or baseball cap and bottled water. Tourists who are not used to Mediterranean heat could get dehydrated and nauseated easily.
Weather in Jerusalem is distinctly just these two seasons: summer and winter. Spring is fleeting from April to May while fall does not exist at all. However, spring could be the best time of the year; it is neither hot nor cold and never wet, but sadly it does not last long to be enjoyed by people. Tourists come in spring to enjoy the beautiful and colorful Jerusalem flowers in full bloom.