Israel in July: Weather Tips & Beach Fun

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Israel in July is drenched in glorious summer warmth, and the streets are busy with people enjoying a joyous atmosphere. If you are traveling from cooler parts of the world, you could find the country’s weather a bit stifling. But you could always escape the high noon sun by planning your outdoor excursions in places like Tiberias and Jerusalem in the morning or evening. During the afternoon sun, you could visit museums and other indoor attractions, or cool off in the Mediterranean beaches of Tel Aviv.

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Israel Weather in July

Jerusalem's historic City of David on a clear day.
Despite July being the peak of summer in Israel, Jerusalem offers a cooler and drier weather.

Summer is at its peak in Israel in July, with the average temperature reaching 31°C during the day and dipping to 21°C at night. The weather can vary depending on which part of the country you are in. Tel Aviv and Tiberias, for instance, will be hot and humid, while Jerusalem will be much cooler and drier. Masada and Eilat, meanwhile, experience extremely hot temperatures, where the mercury could soar as high as 39°C.

For a more seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Israel.

Weather in Israel in July - Rainfall and Temperatures

Jun Jul Aug
Avg Daily (°C) 29 31 31
Avg Nightly (°C) 18 21 21
Avg Daily (°F) 85 88 88
Avg Nightly (°F) 65 70 70
Avg Rainfall (mm) 10 10 10

Why Visit Israel in July

Landscape with Hilton Bay Beach in Tel Aviv in Israel during July.
Enjoy the beach and water activities in July's scorching hot weather.
Different types of beers placed in the stall during Beer fests.
Sip, savor and celebrate at Israel's annual July beer festival.

Despite hot weather conditions, July is one of the best times to visit Israel. Here are some reasons why a trip to Israel in July is an excellent idea:

  • Festivals: Israeli Folkdance Festival in Karmiel is celebrated each year in July with exciting dance performances and workshops. You can also take part in the Jerusalem Arts and Crafts Festival in Sultan's Pool to see the creations of talented local and international artists. Lychee Festival in Western Galilee is another popular festival to attend in Israel in July, especially if you are a foodie.
  • Ideal beach weather: July’s hot summer weather is perfect for beach and water activities. The coastal cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa are buzzing with visitors cooling off in the inviting waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Wine and beer fests: Jerusalem's annual wine festival, which takes place on the grounds of the Israel Museum, typically begins at the end of July. With good summer breezes and jazz music playing in the background, it sets the perfect mood for a summer vacation. The annual Jerusalem Beer Festival is also held during this month.

Where to Go and What to Do

The pristine shrine of Bab and the lower terraces at Bahai World Center
The shrine of Bab at the Bahai World Center in Haifa

Jerusalem, Haifa, Tiberias, Tel Aviv, and Eilat are some of the best places to visit in Israel in July. Start off by a trip from Jerusalem and head out to explore the Old City, Mount of Olives, and Mount Zion. Then, spend the long hot day at one of the city’s famous museums. Take a trip to Haifa, hike Mount Carmel, and enjoy the warm waters of the famous Mediterranean beaches such as Bat Galim Beach and Quiet Beach. Visit the many biblical sites around Tiberias. Stroll along the Via Dolorosa, a path that is thought to have been taken by Jesus on the way to his crucifixion, and stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Pool of Bethesda. If you ever have a free day, take a trip to Capernaum, a little fishing community on the Sea of Galilee's northern shore.

Next, you should travel to Tel Aviv, a city famous for its high-quality restaurants, superb nightlife, and several cultural sites. Enjoy the tour of the famous Beit Hatfutsot: Museum of the Jewish People and other sites during the day, and at night enjoy the nightlife of the city. You will also find several beaches in Tel Aviv if you wish to cool off on a hot summer afternoon.

And if you are really serious about watersports like snorkeling and scuba diving, head to Eilat, where you can discover the wonders of the underwater Red Sea in Coral Beach Nature Park.

For cooler climes and scenic surroundings, you must visit the Golan Heights, where you will find plenty of hiking trails as well as historical sites.

Cap off your Israel tour with a trip to the Dead Sea and relax your travel-weary body in its mineral-rich waters.

What to Bring

A tourist looking at the map and exploring the ruins of Masada in Israel.
Pack light clothes to beat the heat in Israel's scorching July weather.

Israel's weather in July can be quite unbearable with long days of intense sunshine. So, pack lots of sun protection, light and loose-fitting clothing items, and hats to suit the summer weather.

A trip to Israel in July is lively and exciting, offering a unique blend of culture and natural beauty. Whether you want to learn about the country's rich history, explore its vibrant cities, or simply relax on the Mediterranean coast, there is something for everyone.

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Israel in August
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Published by Astha Joshi, updated on May 9, 2023

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