New arrivals in Israel will discover a country with an incredibly pleasant climate.
The landscape transitions from a hilly inland and mountains in the north to a Mediterranean coastline in the east and the large, arid Negev desert in the south. Despite this variation, summers are generally warm and dry throughout the country, with average temperatures of 82°F (28°C), while winters are mild, with temperatures sitting around 54°F (12°C). That said, Jerusalem can be particularly cold in winter.
Weather in Israel is subject to regional variation with the most prominent fluctuations including the increased humidity found on the coast and frequent precipitation both in the north and inland.
Sunshine is abundant and, during the peak of summer, the heat can feel oppressive. Luckily, expats living in Tel Aviv will find some respite in the cool off-shore breezes. Winter yields at least six to seven hours of sunlight a day, whereas in summer this figure rises to between 12 and 13 hours a day.
Rainfall occurs primarily between October and May, though the southern desert area is continually dry.