The Uniqueness of Israel
Surviving The Israeli Summer Heat
If you are coming to Israel from a colder climate then you may find the weather quite a shock. In the summer, it is a hot country, and some areas are of course hotter than others. Tel Aviv is incredibly humid, while Jerusalem is very dry. However, wherever you are spending your gap year, there are some things you can do to help you survive the summer months.
In the hot weather, it is of vital importance that you stay hydrated. Of course, the best thing to do is to carry bottles of water with you at all times. However, if you finish your bottle or just forget it at home you can still enjoy fresh drinking water with minimal hassle. There are plenty of drinking fountains around Israel and you can use them to refill your bottles free of charge.
Just as important as staying hydrated is avoiding too much exposure to the sun. You will go on many hikes during your gap year and a hat is an essential. However, if you want to go local then you can just tie a t-shirt over your head as an alternative. It may sound strange, but it is something you are guaranteed to see while hiking around the country. You should also try to wear clothes make of thin and light materials, as they will definitely help you stay cooler. Of course, you should also make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen, and sunglasses are also a good idea if you want to avoid squinting all of the time.
Sometimes a truly hot day comes along, or even a number of them in a row. You may be tempted to stay indoors with the air-conditioning on all day but that would be a wasted opportunity. You will find that there are a number of public water fountain parks in Israel where you can go and splash around for free and stay cool at the same time. There is a particularly impressive one in Teddy Park in Jerusalem where you can also enjoy a light and music show together with the fountains.
That said, you should probably avoid going out in the middle of the day if possible. Instead, try to enjoy the early mornings or the late afternoons and evenings. When the sun is at its peak it is best to stay inside, and ideally have a small siesta.
One thing that you will be doing on your gap year is cooking for yourself. If you don’t like cooking then you are sure to enjoy the summer months. No one wants to keep the oven or stove on when it is over 30 degrees outside, so instead of cooking you can make do with a cold dishes that require far less preparation.
If you are worried about the summer months in Israel then don’t be. While they are very hot and present some challenges, there is no reason why you can’t fully enjoy them and emerge without having suffered in the slightest.