The best times to visit Bethlehem for ideal weather are

March 12th to July 1st

or

September 10th to December 2nd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Bethlehem Travel Info

Weather in Bethlehem

Temperature

Average temperatures in Bethlehem vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 63rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Bethlehem, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 89.1°F (31.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70.2°F (21.2°C) at night.

Bethlehem Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Bethlehem Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Bethlehem Perceived Temperature (F)

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Bethlehem Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Bethlehem Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 56.4 49.8 45
Feb 58.2 51.2 45.7
Mar 65.6 57.4 50.6
Apr 72.4 62.9 54.9
May 78.5 68.8 60.5
Jun 83.8 73.7 65
Jul 86.7 76.4 68.1
Aug 87.9 77.5 69.6
Sep 84.4 74 66.8
Oct 78.9 69.5 63.2
Nov 68.9 61.2 56
Dec 60.1 53.3 48.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 13.6 9.9 7.2
Feb 14.6 10.7 7.6
Mar 18.7 14.1 10.3
Apr 22.4 17.2 12.7
May 25.8 20.4 15.8
Jun 28.8 23.2 18.3
Jul 30.4 24.7 20.1
Aug 31.1 25.3 20.9
Sep 29.1 23.3 19.3
Oct 26.1 20.8 17.3
Nov 20.5 16.2 13.3
Dec 15.6 11.8 9.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Bethlehem are June, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid May. For example, on the week of May 14th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January and early February with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of January 29th.

When can you find snow in Bethlehem? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Bethlehem.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Bethlehem (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 21% 0 4.4
Feb 21% 0 4.3
Mar 10% 0 2
Apr 5% 0 0.7
May 2% 0 0.2
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0
Sep 1% 0 0.1
Oct 4% 0 0.4
Nov 13% 0 2.3
Dec 16% 0 2.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 21 0 11.2
Feb 21 0 10.9
Mar 10 0 5.1
Apr 5 0 1.8
May 2 0 0.5
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0
Sep 1 0 0.3
Oct 4 0 1
Nov 13 0 5.8
Dec 16 0 7.4

 

Humidity and Wind

Bethlehem has some comfortably humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is May (35.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (55.7%).

Wind in Bethlehem is usually calm. The windiest month is July, followed by June and August. July’s average wind speed of around 7.4 knots (8.6 MPH or 13.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early June where average top sustained speeds reach 11.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Bethlehem.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6 Light breeze 9.1 Gentle breeze
Feb 6.4 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze
Mar 6.4 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze
Apr 6.3 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
May 6.5 Light breeze 10.2 Gentle breeze
Jun 7.2 Gentle breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Jul 7.4 Gentle breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze
Aug 6.9 Light breeze 10.2 Gentle breeze
Sep 6.5 Light breeze 9.8 Gentle breeze
Oct 5.4 Light breeze 8.4 Gentle breeze
Nov 5 Light breeze 7.6 Gentle breeze
Dec 5.5 Light breeze 8.2 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 55.7%
Feb 53.5%
Mar 44.4%
Apr 38.2%
May 35.3%
Jun 38.3%
Jul 43%
Aug 45.4%
Sep 50.6%
Oct 46.8%
Nov 47.7%
Dec 51.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Bethlehem?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 24, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Bethlehem, State of Palestine is June, followed by March and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Bethlehem in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 67.9 in November means 67.9% of the tourists vs. June.

 

 

Overall Bethlehem Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 82.7°F (28.2°C) and 59.8°F (15.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Bethlehem, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 85.9°F (29.9°C) and 66°F (18.9°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 4 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Bethlehem to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 63.2°F (17.3°C) and 53.6°F (12°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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