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The climate of Bethlehem (Palestinian Territories)
Bethlehem is situated at the same latitude as the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) bordering the Palestinian Territories. The city is sacred to Jews, Muslims and Christians. This is a sacred Jewish site because the tomb of the matriarch Rachel can be found here. For Muslims and Christians because it is the birthplace of Jesus. (Jesus is also known as the Prophet Isa among Muslims). Several ancient mosques and churches can be found in the city. Some of which even date back to the time of the crusaders. The best known is probably the Church of the Nativity. One of the oldest Christian communities live in Bethlehem. Bethlehem used to be an exhilarating city attracting many tourists. However, since the West Bank Barrier (Security Fence) was built only a handful of tourists visit Bethlehem. The fence has completely destroyed several streets and shops. Because the city is now almost completely enclosed only few Israelis and a handful of tourists can enter the city. Tourism has almost completely disappeared and is limited to a few people on a daytrip from Jerusalem. One after the other shopkeeper was forced to close their shops and unemployment figures have risen dramatically. Bethlehem has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters. Snowfall is uncommon as well as subzero temperatures. During spring temperatures rapidly rise to pleasant figures guaranteeing a warm and dry summer. Fall may be wet accompanied by heavy showers and fierce winds.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Bethlehem.

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
January 13 5 6 14 n/a
February 15 5 7 12 n/a
March 17 7 8 10 n/a
April 22 10 9 5 n/a
May 26 13 11 2 n/a
June 29 16 13 0 n/a
July 30 18 13 0 n/a
August 30 18 12 0 n/a
September 29 17 11 0 n/a
October 26 14 9 4 n/a
November 20 10 8 8 n/a
December 15 6 6 12 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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