Israel in May: Weather, Tips & More

With rainy days gradually receding and the summer months just around the corner, May is easily one of the best months to visit Israel. This is particularly true if you are traveling on a budget and wish to see the popular tourist sights in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and Nazarenth at your own relaxed pace. Because the peak season is still a month away, you will have most of the popular places to yourself if you visit Israel in May.

Israel Weather in May

Aerial view of Tel Aviv, Israel.
If you want to visit Tel Aviv, expect hotter days that are ideal for water sports.

The average temperature in Israel in May ranges from 15°C to 30°C. Nights, however, can still be cold. So bring an extra coat if you plan to spend a night or two under the desert stars. In Jerusalem, expect a smattering of rain showers. Otherwise, the weather is exceptionally good. If you are heading further south to places such as Tel Aviv or the Dead Sea, expect hotter days, perfect for water activities.

For a seasonal overview, check out our article on the best times to visit Israel.

Weather in Israel in May - Rainfall and Temperatures

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Daily (°C)171820252729313130282418
Avg Nightly (°C)881012151821212017129
Avg Daily (°F)62.664.4687780.684.287.887.88682.475.264.4
Avg Nightly (°F)46.446.45053.65964.469.869.86862.653.648.2
Avg Rainfall (mm)11011060201010101010307080

Why Visit Israel in May

Celebration of Jerusalem Day in Israel during May.
Join the celebration of Jerusalem Day while you visit Israel in May.
Exterior of Church of the Annunciation or the Basilica of the Annunciation.
Take advantage of fewer crowds and visit the Church of the Annunciation in the city of Nazareth.

Israel is home to several sites held sacred by three major world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. But there is more to the country than its holy sites. Israel also boasts several natural wonders and a rich cultural heritage. As Israel enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate, it is a year-round destination. But there are some unique perks of visiting Israel in May. Here are some of them:

  • Israel International Yoga Festival: Hosted on the foothill of Mount Gilboa, the Israel International Yoga Festival is a relatively new event. It features yoga workshops, music shows, and vegan food. This is where to head if you feel like you need a moment of calm and peace during your Israeli adventure.
  • Jerusalem Day: Jerusalem Day is an Israeli national holiday observed in May to commemorate the day East Jerusalem was liberated from Jordanian rule and came under Israeli sovereignty. People celebrate this day by listening to talks from influential people, musical performances, stand-up comedy, slam poetry, and more. It is a great way to learn about Israeli history.
  • Fewer crowds: May is the time of the year when there are few tourist crowds in Israel. This is a great time to explore the country’s most-visited sights and destinations without being distracted by large tourist crowds around.
  • Budget-friendly holiday: With the high tourist season still a month away, you can take advantage of cheaper travel and accommodation rates by visiting Israel in May.

Where to Go and What to Do

Jerusalem at the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock at dusk in the old city.
The ancient city of Jerusalem comes to life at dusk as the Western Wall and Dome of the Rock shine under the setting sun.

From floating in the Dead Sea to touring the historic city of Jerusalem, there is a wide range of locations to visit and things to do in Israel in May. If you are starting your expedition in Tel Aviv, visit the old town, Old Jaffa. Spend the day sipping coffee, sampling local cuisine, and getting lost in the ancient alleyways.

No visit to Israel would be complete without a trip to Jerusalem. The city’s historic sites and landmarks such as the Western Wall, Temple Mount, and The Church of the Holy Sepulchre are incredible in their own rights, but it is the friendly locals that make Jerusalem so special. The city is also home to many museums and religious institutions, where you can learn more about various aspects of history, culture and religions.

For those who prefer a more urban setting, head to Tel Aviv, which is always alive with activity and offers something for everyone, from world-class museums to hip pubs and clubs. Explore the downtown streets and try some excellent street cuisine like falafel and shawarma. If a fine dining experience is what you are after, the city also has many Michelin-starred restaurants.

Head to the stunning Herodian port of Caesarea and snorkel in the clear blue water by day before catching a concert at the well-preserved Roman amphitheater by night.

Get your fix of cultural, historical and sightseeing tours by visiting Israel in May. There is so much to see and do in this diverse and beautiful country, and May is the time of the year when you get to experience it all without having to deal with the peak season tourist crowds. If you are lucky, you might even land some great off-season deals.

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