Weather in the Dead Sea

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Dead Sea – A Destination for all Seasons

In general the Dead Sea weather is sunny and dry, the annual rain fall is as low as 2 inches and there are about 192 days above 30C° a year. So whatever season you choose you’ll be able to enjoy the iconic site and the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. Whether you’re looking for beach and sunbathing weather with lots of other tourists and hotels packed with activities and shows (summer and Israeli school holidays) or if you prefer to relax in cooler temperatures, in hotels where there are no kids running about and everything is subdued, you can find a season that suits you at the Dead Sea. May or October is the best times for those with skin conditions as there is maximum UVB exposure without the damage.

Summer: 21 June – 20 September

Temperatures are between 32C° and 39C° in the summer and sea temperatures are lower than land temperatures. July and August are the hottest months and have low humidity (34) so it is very dry and very hot. Although the harmful rays of the sun are filtered through the atmospheric, evaporative and ozone layers which means you can spend longer in the sun than in other places in the world, you can still get skin damage and sunburn if you overexpose yourself to the sun in the Dead Sea. Choose the summer if you want hot beach weather and an active, social holiday.

Autumn: 21 September – 20 December

The Jewish New Year (25-26/09/2014), Yom Kippur (04/10/2014) and Sukkot(09-15/10/2014) usually fall in September or October and Israeli schools have several holidays so for this period the prices go up and there are more Israeli tourists. However this does mean that there are more activities on offer at the hotels. The milder autumn weather means it is a good time to explore the desert and visit some of the nearby sites. In autumn you can see many migrating birds flying over head or at the nearby Ein Gedi Reserve. In autumn there is about 40% humidity so it is not as dry as the summer but can get just as hot. In the evenings temperatures drop and it can get cold.

Winter: 21 December – 20 March

The temperatures average between 20C° and 23C° in winter, sea temperatures tend to be higher than land temperatures. The evenings are particularly chilly; humidity can reach 50 but still nothing like a European or North American winter. Winter is still a good time to visit the Dead Sea, it is warm enough to go into the sea and the prices are low. The prices rise during Hanukah (17-24/12/2014) when Israeli kids are on holiday but this also means more activities in the hotels. Winter is a perfect time to visit the Dead Sea for spa treatments, relaxation and a bargain priced holiday.

Spring 21 March – May

If you aren’t a fan of hot weather and scorching sun then this is a good time to visit, the weather is still pleasant but not too hot. In spring half a billion birds fly over the Dead Sea between Africa and Europe, you can see them over head or at Ein Gedi. The evenings are chilly but not cold. During this season you can enjoy some of the desert plants and wildflowers especially in the Ein Gedi Reserve. As it is not as hot in the spring it is a great time to tour the desert and the surrounding cities. Prices are generally lower in Spring except over Pasach (15-22/04/2014) when there are Israeli tourists in the hotels and lots of shows and activities.