Eilat enjoys a nearly year-round sunny weather and as such, it is best to bring comfortable clothes. Temperature during summertime reach as high as 40°C on a regular basis and so, you need to dress sensibly. Read on and consider this travel tips on what to bring and what to wear in Eilat.
In general, the weather in Eilat is not that extreme as you might think, and so the winter here is at best what you would call ‘autumn’, however, summer in Eilat is really hot, although the northern winds blowing from the Red Sea compensates and lessens the heat.
During the winter season of November to February, a warm over coat or fleece jacket will do, especially during winter nights when it’s quite cold. Those who easily feel cold may bring a wool coat. The same goes for shoes. Israelis usually suggest the ‘onion’ technique, which means putting lots of layers that can be removed or put on depending on the need. Even in January, it is best to not go out without applying sunscreen and wearing sunglasses as the sun is still strong for a tan and may burn you in a short time.
During the summer months of April to October, the bywords on what to wear in Eilat are casual and comfort. The average temperature in Eilat on summer ranges from 24 to 35°C. However, keep in mind that in extremely hot days, the temperature in Eilat may rise up to 50°C but without the humidity.
Hence, make sure you bring a good range of lightweight clothes such as shorts, T-shirts, light dresses and head covering. Since Eilat experience long, sunny weather everyday, do not forget to bring your sun cream, hat, sunglasses and other sun protection option that you may need. Make sure you drink lots of water. Regardless of the season, bring a hat or scarf for protection from the sun, comfortable walking shoes as well as the requisite sunblock and sunglasses.
It is imperative to dress prudently if you are planning to visit religious sites or observant areas. For women, it usually means wearing long sleeves, a skirt at least mid-calf in length and head covering. For men, a short-sleeved shirt and trousers will suffice. Sandals exposing bar feet are acceptable for both sexes.
Men wearing shorts at religious locations are usually given a skirt to wear over their pants. They will also need to wear head covering in most Jewish religious area like in synagogues. When visiting ultra Orthodox Jewish areas, women should wear long sleeve blouses and long skirts. Slacks are not allowed.
Eilat is famous for its sultry beaches so bring your bathing suit or any swimwear. Make sure you buy a pair of beach or diving slippers to protect your feet from sharp corals or rocks and spiny sea urchins. You can easily buy one from the local flea market in Eilat. In general, Eilat beaches are ‘anything goes’ territory.
You can come to Eilat all year round, although the extreme heat in summer makes the city and the surrounding areas uncomfortable for outdoor trips. The best time to visit the city is at winter time when the weather is quite cool. When preparing what to wear in Eilat, better pack less clothes and travel light. There are plenty of cheap clothes in Eilat’s flea markets.