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Israel's Climate: What's the Weather Like In Mediterranean Nation?

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 11:10 AM

Israel is well known for its hot Mediterranean summers, but the climate varies throughout the region.

The country is generally considered to have two seasons: warm, dry summers from April through October and mild winters from November through March, according to the Israel Ministry of Tourism. Coastal regions, which include Tel Aviv, have hot and humid summers and mild winters. Hilly regions, including Jerusalem, have dry summers and colder winters. Summers in the Jordan Valley are hot, and the Negev has semi-desert conditions year-round.

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Israel has average temperatures ranging from highs above 90 degrees in July and August to average lows around 45 degrees in January and February according to Weatherbase. Average annual precipitation is 18.4 inches.

Heavy rainstorms begin in November and end in March, with snow possible in inland and mountain areas, according to World Weather and Climate Information.

Weather records taken at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv from 1974 to 2012 show average daily high temperatures above 84 degrees during the summer months and average highs below 68 degrees during the cold season, according to WeatherSpark. On average, June 19 is the clearest day of the year and January 18 is the cloudiest.

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Weather during April, May, October, and November is typically the nicest, with average highs remaining in the 70s, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Located between the Mediterranean Sea and the desert, Israel’s five climatic regions are the coastal plain, the interior plain, the mountains, the interior valleys, and the Jordan Rift Valley, according to IsraelWeather.

In recent years, Israel has seen slightly warmer summers with more frequent heat waves, according to an article in the Israel Journal of Health Policy Research.

This year, Israel experienced its driest February in 87 years, according to the Times of Israel. But May measured up to be the rainiest on record in the country, the newspaper reported.

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