Located more than 400 meters below sea level is a salt lake called the Dead Sea.
But before you freak out, it’s not some creepy murder scene! It’s actually called “Dead Sea” because of its crazy high salt levels. They are so high that no living creatures can hang in there. So, there’ll be nothing creepy crawling against your legs when you try to float! Yep, float! You can’t swim in the Dead Sea. It’s too buoyant!
Surprisingly, the black mud on the lake’s floor has some really cool healing properties. It can ease inflammation, reduce dryness, and improve the overall health of your skin. A dip in the Dead Sea is due!
- From the Israeli side, you can explore the mesmerizing Judean desert or visit the ancient fortress of Masada.
- On the Jordan side, the beautiful mosaic city of Madaba and the impressive ruins of Machaerus await exploration.
But what kind of weather should you expect when you visit the Dead Sea Israel? Will the seasons impact your travels?
In this article, we’ll look at the Dead Sea weather and go over some other factors that can affect your trip. Let’s get started.
The Fascinating Dead Sea Climate
The Dead Sea is situated in a desert, so it barely gets any rain. The weather here is more on the warm side, though not as exceedingly hot as the Arabian Peninsula gets in mid-summer.
The water temperature of the Dead Sea can reach up to 32°C during the summers but never drops below 20°C (not even in winter).
Since the Dead Sea is the Earth’s lowest point, the sun rays are pretty filtered and weak here. No overexposure, no sunburns!
So, from a traveler’s POV, the Dead Sea is pleasant throughout the year. You can take a dip (you should!) in the healing water body no matter what time of the year you visit the Middle East.
To make planning easier for you, let’s look at the Dead Sea weather season-wise.
The Dead Sea in Summer
Summer is the warmest time to be in the Dead Sea. It lasts for three months, June-August.
June is the most “comfortable” of the three, with the highest temperature being 39°C and the lowest 26°C. This is the time when you can relax in the sea and let the Dead Sea mud heal your skin.
NB The water temperature is lower than the ground temperature. So, it’ll be a cool dip (or shall we say float.)
The best part? The humidity levels are pretty low during June, and the Sun’s brutal radiation is somewhat tamed.
July-August is the hottest time at the Dead Sea, with temperatures soaring as high as 41°C on average. Plus, there can be some really strong winds that just add to the heat.
So, if you plan to visit this time of year, make sure you stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in between activities. You’ll also need a good sunscreen.
The Dead Sea in the Fall
The fall season, September-November, is when the Dead Sea temperatures begin to cool down a bit. The average temperature during these months is 38°C (maximum) and 18°C (minimum).
October and November are when the heat starts to fade away, making it perfect for outdoor activities like hiking or exploring nearby attractions.
On top of that, you might even catch a glimpse of some elegant migrating birds at the nearby Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
The Dead Sea in Winter
Travelers love coming to the Dead Sea during the winter months – December-February. The reasons are pretty obvious:
- Everyone wants to step into the next year while experiencing something new and having the best time of their lives.
- The weather in the Dead Sea isn’t freezing cold. In fact, it’s very pleasant, ranging between 24-11°C.
- The water temperature is higher than the air temperature. It makes floating in the sea feel like stepping in a hot tub! So comfortable!
Cold is all relative though, if you’re used to the warmer Gulf water and the tropics, you might find a winter Dead Sea float rather chilly; those coming from the depths of Europe or the US winter will likely find waters temperatures of around 20°C luxurious!
Just keep in mind that the Dead Sea can be susceptible to some rain showers during the winter months. It usually doesn’t last longer than two days, if it occurs at all.
The Dead Sea in Spring
Spring is when the area surrounding the Dead Sea comes back to life. The average temperature ranges between 16-35°C and there’s barely any chance of rain. If you want to enjoy hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities, this is your time!
Oh, and you’ll also get to witness the beautiful blooming desert flowers. It’s a sight to see!
Now that we have covered the Dead Sea weather, let’s take a quick look at some other factors that can impact your trip planning.
Factors That Can Affect Your Trip
Apart from just the weather, a few other factors can affect how you plan your trip. Let’s check them out.
Public and Religious Holidays
Israel has diverse cultures and religions, which means there are several public and religious holidays throughout the year.
Since the Dead Sea is a nearby attraction, many people come down here to spend the holidays.
It significantly impacts the availability of hotels and transportation services. The opening hours of attractions are different, too.
The Dead Sea is popular among tourists all year round. However, certain times of the year can be busier than others.
For instance, September is officially considered the start of the tourist season because of the Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. So, it’s tough to get a good spot at one of the Dead Sea resorts.
The good news is that a lot of action is happening here during this time. If you happen to be here during September, you’ll be treated to the impressive and exciting Tamar music festival.
If you’re a traveler who prefers staying in top-notch hotels and enjoys relaxing spa treatments and indoor activities, the Dead Sea in summer is perfect for you. The hotel prices are on the lower side during these months. Good news, right?
However, hotel prices can be pretty high during the busy seasons like September and December. So, if you’re on a budget trip, make sure to plan accordingly.
Take a look at some accommodations for the time of year you’re looking at:
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