Spring is one of the nicest times to visit Israel from a weather standpoint--warm days (not hot & humid like peak summer travel season) and cool nights (jacket & sweaters, not overcoats). Rain is possible though not prevalent, so pack an umbrella.
In the Negev and Eilat, it already starts getting hot by then, so if you plan any hiking there or to visit Masada, shorts and t-shirts are advisable. As always when traveling, having layers of clothes prepares you for any eventuality. Enjoy!
I was there the last two weeks in March 2007, and in the north we had some rain and coolish overcast days at first -- very light fleece vest or jacket at most, even in the evenings and on the Golan by day -- but the extra pair of dry shoes was a lifesaver.
Jerusalem and Tel Aviv were pleasant, typically Spring-like -- could get short-sleeve warm by day or maybe light sweater in the morning or evening or along the shore with a stiff breeze. Mind you, from Arizona it seemed a little cool to us compared to comments from Israelis and others, our thinner blood and all. Just dress for standard Spring, no need to fret about really cold weather. Plus you CAN buy a sweatshirt or other heavier clothes in a pinch.
nowadays it is getting really cold in northen israel actually untill mid-april. so if you plan to go Safed or the upper galil and the Golan Highs- note that it will be something around 12-17 Celsious. at nights temperatures can drop even to 8-9 in late march, and rains can be a problem (though not always). Jerusalem is a little bit more hot and this times, but still pack something warm.
it is advisiible to go to Eilat where you will be able to enjoy very hot climate in march (over 25 celcious already).
sound fury - this guy is coming from Boston, 12-17 Celcius for him is not cold :)
See my similar note where he warned a Canadian about cold Israeli winters. It's all relative and what you are used to.
"so if you plan to go Safed or the upper galil and the Golan Highs- note that it will be something around 12-17 Celsious. at nights temperatures can drop even to 8-9 in late march, and rains can be a problem (though not always)."
For these temps in Farenheit:
12-17ºC = 54-63ºF
8-9ºC = 46-48ºF
As Doug said, for someone acclimated to Boston weather, this is not cold at all, especially for March.
Like I said, typical Spring weather. For an Arizonan, that's rather chilly, but for a New Englander, almost balmy!
I've been to Israel in March twice.......
The weather was fine for me. I live in Indiana (Midwest of the USA). We did have some rain, but, not much. Not even enough to slow us down. A jacket was all that I needed for the mornings/evenings in the Galilee and Jerusalem and by mid-day weather was quite lovely, in my opinion.
Paragon, Indiana, USA
Thank you all, this is very helpful. Lee
yea, i quite forgot to bare this in mind lol