Jerusalem Weather August Averages, Israel
What's the weather like in Jerusalem in August
Following the hottest month of the year, August arrives in Jerusalem with similar temperatures. Daily temperatures average at 23°C (73°F), which is comfortable enough for visiting the many outdoor historical sites. The afternoons can become quite warm though, with the average daily high in August being 29°C (84°F). The highest recorded temperature in August in Jerusalem was a smoldering 42°C (108°F), though these temperatures are rare.
The lows average at about 17°C (63°F), providing a cool reprieve in the evenings, perfect for enjoying the many rooftop bars and restaurants around the city. The lowest recorded temperature here in August was 13°C (56°F).
August is one of the driest months of the year, and travelers most likely won't need to pack an umbrella for their trip. The month typically sees no days of rain at all, and may receive an accumulated total of just 10 mm (less than half an inch).
The relative humidity is a rather high 60% during August, so some travelers may find the conditions to be a bit more muggy. However, a 15 km/hour wind (or about 9 miles per hour) brings a fresh breeze through the city on a regular basis. The skies remain clear for this dry and sunny summer month, and there are very few cloudy or hazy days.
The waters around Jerusalem stay very warm through the summer. The Mediterranean Sea at Tel Aviv is typically about 28°C (82°F) during August, making Israel's banks the warmest area of the Mediterranean. The Dead Sea in particular remains very warm in the summer, with an average high of 39°C and an average low of 30°C. The daily mean water temperature is 34.5°C (about 94°F).
Jerusalem Hotels in August
One of the few tourist hotels located within the Old City walls, the Gloria Hotel has an unbeatable locations near Jaffa Gate, with a beautiful terrace overlooking the citadel. The hotel is a short walk away from many of the major sites in Jerusalem. The historic building has gone through recent renovations to add modern amenities to the 104 rooms and suites. A restaurant and bar are available for guests, as well as meeting rooms. A buffet breakfast is included with all bookings.
Ibis City Center
Ibis City Center Hotel in Zion Square has a prime location for exploring both the New City and Old City areas of Jerusalem. Less than 1 km to Jaffa Gate, the hotel has a restaurant and a bar onsite, and a complimentary happy hour is available for guests every evening, in the hotel's lobby bar. The stylish hotel is furnished with modern accessories and bright pops of red throughout.
Mount Zion Hotel
A beautiful boutique hotel, Mount Zion Hotel will connect guests to the history of Jerusalem while providing modern comforts. Located just outside of the Old City walls, the hotel overlooks historic landscapes while providing luxurious interiors, many with exposed stonework and a neutral, calming color scheme. The 117 guest rooms and 20 suites all come with access to a spa and fitness center, meeting rooms, a banqueting garden and an outdoor swimming poolerfect for cooling off during hot August days.
King David Hotel
One of the most famous hotels in Jerusalem, The King David Hotel is known for its beautiful views of the Old City and its buildings. The 1920s hotel combines history with modern amenities, like the free WiFi, 24-hour room service and a pool. Guests can select their room by the view: New City or Old City. The rooms are spacious enough for family travelers as well. Some suites offer private balconies and jacuzzis. Three restaurants and a poolside snack bar ensure that guests won't go hungry (or thirsty).
Bars and Restaurants
Ishtabach is a Kurdish-inspired restaurant serving kosher fare near the Mahane Yehuda Market. The restaurant is most popular for its unique, baked pastries with savory fillings. Popular options include the lamb or beef. A variety of vegetarian fillings are available as well, such as mashed potatoes, grilled peppers, and eggplant. Travelers say Ishtabach serves the best meat pies in the city, making it was one of the most highly rated restaurants in Jerusalem, while still being an affordable option for travelers on a budget.
Blue Hall Music
Another highly rated favorite for both locals and travelers, Blue Hall Music is more than a live music venue. The Israeli grill is located in the Nahalat Shiva area, on the music squaren area designed specifically to bring people together through music. Housed in a building that's more than 150 years old, Blue Hall Music has its own a piece of Jerusalem's history. The modern cuisine is an accessible form of Israeli foodnternational travelers will recognized plates like the steaks or salmon fillets.
Pinati Restaurant's capacity doubles in the warm summer months as guests overflow into the outdoor seating area at this homestyle Israeli restaurant. With the convenience and prices of fast food, Pinati manages to serve up fresh, made-to-order favorites like the hummus, falafel, salads, and kubba soup. Located in the heart of the city, Pinati is an easy stop for a busy tourist.
Next to the restaurant 1868, Zuta is a small and intimate cocktail bar in downtown, just west of the Old City. While the bar serves the typical selection of alcohols, Zuta is best known for its custom cocktails, uniquely created for the bar to feature local and fresh ingredients. A beautiful and intimate setting is perfect for relaxing at the end of a long day.
Things to do in Jerusalem in August
Mesilat Zion Pool
Families hoping to cool down in the August heat should head to Mesilat Zion Pool. Open all summer, the center is more than a pool, and offers activities like zip lining into the water, a Go Kart track, a climbing wall, a ropes course and other fun areas for children to play in. There is a large pool for swimming in as well as a shaded toddler pool for smaller children. Table tennis, beach volleyball and a playground are just a few of the other amenities available at Mesilat Zion Pool.
If the heat becomes too much, tourists can head indoors for souvenir shopping at Malha Mall. Jerusalem's largest shopping mall, the three-level mall hosts international and local stores, and a kosher food court. Approximately 260 businesses operate in the mall, offering everything from cosmetics to electronics to hairdressers and more. Opened in 1993 in southwest Jerusalem, the mall is an anchor for the neighborhood and nearby suburbs in the area. Kid friendly amenities include monthly events and a play area.
Yo'el Moshe Salomon Street
Crossing through downtown of Jerusalem's new city area, Yo'el Moshe Salomon Street runs north-to-south and boasts some excellent attractions in the heart of Jerusalem. Particularly popular for live music, the street is home to the Museum of Jewish Music and Blue Hall Music restaurant. It's also a popular destination for souvenir shopping.
Ein Yael Living Museum
In a city filled with history, Ein Yael Living Museum helps bring it to life. The outdoor museum showcases farming, crafts and everyday life as it was in ancient times. Located just south of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Foundation established the museum in 1986 and has developed the natural history in the area, such as restoring the frescoes in the Roman Villa. Other exhibits include an ancient olive and wine press, a reconstruction of a typical Israelite home, a pottery workshop and more. Activities like weaving, mosaics, oil production and basket making are part of the experience as well.
Ben Yehuda Street
One of the best known destinations in the New City area of Jerusalem is Ben Yehuda Street, a pedestrian mall stretching from King George Street to Jaffa Road in downtown. Also known as "The Midrechov," the street is home to several gift shops and restaurants, and visitors are likely to find live music and street performers as well during the high travel times, like in the summer. This lively area should be included for a taste of modern Israelite culture.