Whenever I go traveling, I always try to go during a time of year when the weather is supposed to be good (i.e., warm enough that I don’t need to wear a gazillion layers and cold enough that I’m not sweating and burning to death).
Seeing as I’m living in Haifa, I thought it may be helpful to some that are thinking of traveling here to describe what the weather is like each month – that way, you can plan your trip with regards to what kind of weather suits you best.
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JANUARY (10°C – 15°C)
Although the weather ranges from 10°C – 15°C, I would say that the weather falls closer to 10°C on most days.
The days are cloudy and the rain becomes quite frequent, so make an effort to bring an umbrella wherever you go.
On some days, the rain gets so intense that I would suggest that rain boots are a must. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself quite drenched from the downpour.
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FEBRUARY (13°C – 20°C)
There is rain here and there, but definitely not as much as there was in January.
It seems as though any trace of a possible winter is gone as the flowers begin to bloom again. As you walk up the streets, you’ll come across trees with hundreds upon hundreds of budding flowers and it’s such a beautiful sight to behold.
On another note, the khamsin (a dry sandy wind) arrives. The air is hazy because of the dust being everywhere and it is practically impossible to see the bay. On days with khamsin, I personally prefer to stay inside because the dust bothers my eyes (they get very tired, red, and irritated)
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MARCH (15°C – 30°C)
It is closer to the 15°C – 23°C range at the beginning of the month and 25°C – 30°C near the end.
March is a beautiful month to visit Haifa in – it has actually been my most favourite month in the year weather-wise. Not only is the weather warm, yet cool, but the flowers are blooming and you are surrounded by their different vibrant colours.
All in all, it’s great walking weather! Warm enough that you don’t need to wear layers, but cool enough that you don’t sweat a crazy amount (bless!).
The air is fresh, and no humidity is in sight!
Don’t worry about the rain too much, because all you might get is a sprinkling, light shower.The month of March somewhat parallel’s November’s weather.
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APRIL (20°C – 30°C, and an occasional +30°C)
April is definitely in my top three months weather-wise. Why? Because, like March, it still hasn’t gotten too hot, there might be a nice breeze on most days, and the flowers are out and about.
Do you have allergies to dust or pollen though? Because bless your soul, you’ll be sneezing a bit more than usual. I have dust allergies and eyyy did I die a little bit. It wasn’t bad every day, but on days where the khamsin was worse, my whole head felt swollen and I would have to take anti-histamines to get rid of the swelling, sneezing, and eye-itching.
Although the weather can get higher than 30°C, this typically happens closer to the end of the month and is not a common occurrence. In April, the weather typically stays around the 20°C – 25°C mark.
At the beginning of April, however, you may want to carry with you a light jacket some evenings because of the crisp air.
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MAY (23°C – 30°C)
Mostly pleasant weather, but every once in a while humidity makes an appearance.
The khamsin comes and goes, leaving in its trace sneezing people who are allergic to dust.
Although there may be a few rain showers, they are quite infrequent, so you definitely won’t have to carry your umbrella with you.
However, definitely carry a water bottle with you wherever you go to make sure you remain hydrated.
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JUNE (23°C – 35°C)
June is here, and with it comes the promise of hot days and spikes in humidity.
At the beginning of the month, the weather is closer to 25°C, but as the month progresses, it can reach as high as 35°C + humidity.
This is definitely a month where you should begin becoming very conscious of drinking more water than you normally would to keep your body hydrated.
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JULY (25°C – 35°C)
You come in July thinking “I’m on vacation, so I want to straighten my hair every day”. Don’t think that. Throw that thought out of your mind right now. This very instance. Ándale Ándale!
The humidity levels range from 85-100% every day. In other words: the moment you walk out of your front door, that straightened hair of yours will curl and frizz so much you’ll wonder what the point of straightening it actually was.On top of the humidity, it’s hot – so that combination is killer. Ideally, you wouldn’t want to be walking around all day – at least not without a hat, sunscreen, and any other form of sun protection you can find. To give you an idea of how extreme the sun is, I have only ever been sunburned once in my life prior to coming to Israel. It just wasn’t a thing that would happen to my skin. And then, Israel decided I needed a wake up call from thinking I was a special snowflake. I sat out in the sun on the beach for a few hours and next thing you know I’m intensely sunburned for a week (even my scalp had gotten burned!! Who knew that was a thing?) Aloe vera was my best friend that week.
Around this time is when the jellyfish also come out to play, so if you’re wanting to come to Haifa to swim and be at the beach, I would suggest not coming during Jellyfish season to play it safe.
As a side note: the fruits during July are phenomenal!
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AUGUST (30°C – 35°C)
In July, you thought it couldn’t get any hotter, but now you realize how utterly wrong you were and begin wishing that it was July again (it’s like when you’re in first year university and think chemistry is hard, but then in second year you wish you were back to the good old days of first year chem).
It’s as if hell has come up to earth and is residing in Haifa. BECAUSE OH MY LORDY LORD IS IT EVER HOT AND HUMID. Every day you wait for a cool breeze, hoping that the weather will pity you and you’ll catch a break, but you wait, and wait, and wait … and it’s still humid.
To note: it is around 85-100% humid during the month of August and jellyfish are still around for a while, but they eventually leave closer to the middle/end of the month.PS. The fruits during August are also beyond-this-world-amazing!
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SEPTEMBER (~25°C – 30°C)
Although the weather is still quite hot and humid, it cools down a weeeeeee bit. And some days you wake up and feel that you can properly breathe since the humidity has also gone down a smidge.
Like July and August, September is one of the best months to truly enjoy ice cream. Not that there isn’t a month where ice cream isn’t enjoyable, but because it’s so hot outside, there’s just something heavenly about eating ice cream during these months.
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OCTOBER (20°C – 27°C)
Another month in my top three favourites!
The weather is a comfortable heat and there is, at many times, a cool breeze that surrounds you. Because of it, you’re able to walk around anywhere in shorts or a dress, and not feel uncomfortable because of the humidity or sweating too much.
Although the rain starts, it is quite infrequent so you don’t have to worry about carrying an umbrella at all points in time (I didn’t even have an umbrella at this point – but learned in the months to come that I should go buy one).
The evenings also cool down and you might even find yourself closing the window because of the cool breeze. You also might need to have a light jacket with you to wear so you don’t feel cold when walking around at night.
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NOVEMBER (~15°C – 25°C)
Like October, the weather is still fairly warm, but the humidity has gone (YES!).There is a little bit of wind, so it may be more chilly at times and the rain is still quite infrequent at the beginning of the month. However, towards the end it may become a bit more frequent, so I would highly suggest that you have an umbrella with you in your bag at all times.
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DECEMBER (10°C – 15°C)
The days will be cloudy and the rain will just fall and fall and fall. Granted, not all days are rainy, but most days are cloudy.It’s important to note that it’ll also be windy – so sometimes, there really is no hope for your umbrella, because the wind will flip it inside out. So be prepared to become drenched by the rain.
Since houses here are not insulated (which makes sense because you don’t want them to keep in the heat during the summer), you will sometimes find that the inside of your house feels colder than the outside. So make sure to bundle up! I even found myself turning on the heater at some points during the month.
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I hope this guide to Israel’s weather helped! If you have any questions, leave a comment below or shoot me an email 🙂