The climate of the Dead Sea (Palestinian Territories)
The Dead Sea forms the natural boundary between Israel, the West Bank
and Jordan. The Dead Sea is the lowest lake in the world. Because of
the high concentration of minerals it is also the most salty lake in
the world. The percentage of salt in the lake is just above 33%, this
means a human being will stay afloat. Because of the high
concentration of minerals in the water several health resorts can be
found along the banks of the Dead Sea, all of them specialized in skin
conditions. Over the past few years the sea level has decreased
because the countries surrounding the Dead Sea need an increasing
amount of water which is taken from the rivers that flow into the Dead
Sea. There is no animal or plant life in the Dead Sea. However,
several bacteria and micro organisms live in these waters. The Dead
Sea is situated in a mountainous area with the Moab mountain range in
the east and the Judea mountain range in the west. The Dead Sea also
borders Wadi Araba. The Dead Sea is one of the largest potassium
sources in the world.
The Dead Sea has a warm desert climate characterized by hot summers,
cold winters and low precipitation figures all year round. Summers are
warm, on average there are 200 days per year with temperatures of 30
degrees Celsius or above. The highest temperature on record is 47
degrees Celsius. Winters are cold. However, really low temperatures
are uncommon. Subzero temperatures have never been recorded in this
region. This is also because of the tempering influence of the Dead
Sea. Annual precipitation figures are only 40 millimeters on average.
Longer periods with precipitation are uncommon.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records.
They are an average for the Dead Sea.
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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
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