Knowing the weather of where you’re going is an important part of traveling. Should you be prepared clothes that will keep you warm? Will the weather be mild? Should you be expecting rain?
Being prepared with appropriate attire for your destination will be one less thing to worry about and one less thing to cause you stress during your trip.
So if you’re traveling to Haifa, what kind of weather should you expect?
Each month is unique, though for the most part, each will have a similar theme of rain or humidity.
JANUARY (10°C – 15°C)
Although the weather ranges from 10°C – 15°C, the weather seems to 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. But don’t be surprised if the wind makes holding your umbrella impossible. That’s one of the charms of January’s weather.
On some days, the rain gets so intense that rain boots are a must.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself quite drenched from the downpour. Although wet at the end of the day, the memories will last forever.
FEBRUARY (13°C – 20°C)
There is rain here and there, but definitely not as much as there was in January.
Traces of winter start to disappear 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.
Khamsin (a dry sandy wind) also arrives. The air is hazy because of the dust everywhere and it is practically impossible to see the bay. On days with khamsin, you may wish to stay inside to avoid getting irritating eyes, congestion, or headaches.
Above is a photograph that compares a day with khamsin (left) versus a day without khamsin (right).
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. The sun is up for longer, the weather has warmed up, a cool breeze is still present, and the colourful flowers are blooming. The air is fresh, and no humidity is in sight!
All in all, it’s great walking weather! Warm enough that you don’t need to wear layers, but cool enough that you won’t find yourself wanting to find protection from the sun.
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.
APRIL (20°C – 30°C, and an occasional +30°C)
Like March, April’s weather 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 you might find yourself sneezing a bit more than usual.
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.
MAY (23°C – 30°C)
May has 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.
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.
JULY (25°C – 35°C)
Humidity is what makes July killer, so it takes a bit of getting used to.
The humidity levels range from 85-100% every day.
The combination of heat and humidity makes Haifa feel like a sauna as you walk outside.
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 became my best friend.
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!
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 you start organic chemistry in second year you wish you were back to the good old days of first year chem).
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.
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.
But to offset the heat, we’re given the best fruits during August! They are beyond-this-world-amazing!
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 bit.
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 it during these months.
OCTOBER (20°C – 27°C)
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 for the most part.
The evenings also cool down and you might even find yourself closing the windows because of the cool evening breeze.
Closer to the end of the month, bring a light jacket with you to wear so you don’t feel cold when walking around at night.
NOVEMBER (~15°C – 25°C)
Like October, the weather is still fairly warm, but the humidity has said its farewell.
There is a little bit of wind, so it will be more chilly at times, and the rain is still quite infrequent at the beginning of the month. However, towards the end I would highly suggest that you have an umbrella with you in your bag at all times, as it will become more frequent.
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 will 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, you will sometimes find that the inside of your house feels colder than the outside. So make sure to bundle up!
Have you ever been to Haifa? Which month did you visit and what was the weather like? Let me know in the comments below!
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