The best times to visit Bethlehem for ideal weather are
January 8th to April 15th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Bethlehem Travel Guide
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Weather in Bethlehem
Average temperatures in Bethlehem vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 48th 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 January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid December where highs are regularly around 83.8°F (28.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 54.9°F (12.7°C) at night.
Bethlehem Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Bethlehem Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Bethlehem Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Bethlehem are July, August, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early July. For example, on the week of July 2nd 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 3 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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Bethlehem (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Bethlehem has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (32.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (61.2%).
Wind in Bethlehem is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by October and December. November’s average wind speed of around 7 knots (8.1 MPH or 13 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 mid November where average top sustained speeds reach 12.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Bethlehem.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||6.3||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.7||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.5||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.7||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||9.7||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.7||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||6.4||Light breeze||11.7||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||6.9||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7||Gentle breeze||12.1||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||6.6||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Bethlehem?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for South Africa; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Bethlehem, South Africa is July, followed by June and August. 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
Overall Bethlehem Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 80.6°F (27°C) and 67.1°F (19.5°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 1 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Bethlehem, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 81°F (27.2°C) and 75.5°F (24.2°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 8 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Bethlehem to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 83.8°F (28.8°C) and 80.2°F (26.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 8 to 10 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.