Israelhas a typically Mediterranean climate: The summers are long, dry and hot while the winters are brief, chilly and rainy. Situated between Africa andAsia, Israel is subject to arid winds from NorthAfricaand high humidity from the neighboring eastern Levant.
Summer weather along the Mediterranean coastline - in Tel-Aviv and Haifa - is quite humid with temperatures sometimes soaring to 40 degrees Centigrade (100 degrees Fahrenheit). At a higher elevation, the summer weather is cooler and less humid in Jerusalem. In the northern regions - the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee - you can enjoy comfortable temperatures during the summer, but keep in mind that the level of humidity in the area around the Sea of Galilee is the highest of the entire country.
Some of Israel's best weather can be enjoyed in the winter season, when skies are clear and temperatures are mild. During the short winter, rainfall is sporadic but thunderstorms and hailstorms are a common occurrence. Temperatures in the winter rarely drop below freezing, and in the southern desert areas - Eilat and Be'er Sheva - daytime temperatures are warm and dry while nights are surprisingly cold.