Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as the Negev desert heights, Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall is relatively heavy during the winter in the North and Center of the country, with much less in the Northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the Southern areas.
Regional conditions vary considerably, with humid summers and mild winters on the coast; dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hill regions; hot dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley; and year-round semi-desert conditions in the Negev.
Weather extremes range from occasional winter snowfall in the mountain regions to periodic oppressively hot dry winds that send temperatures soaring, particularly in spring and autumn.
We ride all year round in Israel, but the best months are from November to May. During this season, rainy and sunny days mix it up frequently, which creates ideal trail conditions. The temperatures are also more suited to mountain biking during this period. Riding during the summer is entirely possible, but it is best to avoid being out in the middle of the day (during July and August we typically do morning and evening rides, with a bit of beach time in between – never a bad thing either…).
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