When to Go in Beirut

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The capital city of Lebanon, Beirut is a destination of lively activities, popular attractions, and beautiful scenery. In Beirut, when to go is virtually any time for travelers who enjoy mild Mediterranean weather and the fresh air of the seaport. This thriving city, with its moderate summers and cool winters, is considered one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Read on to learn more about the climate in Beirut and the perfect time to visit the city.

Beirut's Mediterranean Climate

The Mediterranean climate in Beirut translates to moderately hot and dry summers, and cool, wet winters. August is considered the hottest month of the year, with temperatures averaging 29 degrees Celsius (84 degrees Farenheit). The coldest months of the year are normally January and February, averaging about 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Farenheit). Spring and fall are considered the mildest in temperature in Beirut, and may be the ideal time to visit. The winds in Beirut blow from the west in the afternoon and evening hours, and from the offshore direction during the later hours of the night.

Virtually all of Beirut's rainfall occurs in winter, autumn, and spring. The typical yearly rainfall is 860 millimeters (about 34 inches), most of which falls in winter. The rain showers that occur in fall and spring arrive in heavy, yet occasional, thunderstorms, whereas winter rainfall is frequent and rarely heavy. It is highly unlikely that summer will see any rainfall. Snow showers are also very rare in Beirut, but winter months can bring occassional hail or sleet.

Temperatures in Beirut

The coldest time of the year in Beirut is winter, between the months of December and March. April, May, October, and November have the mildest temperatures, ranging from 15-25 degrees Celsius. The hottest months in Beirut are June through September, with August bringing the highest temperatures of the year.

The Perfect Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Beirut is not the same for everyone; some travelers will prefer the moderately hot summers, while others will prefer the cooler, wetter winters. Still others may find they want to visit Beirut during the fall or spring, when the temperatures are very mild and comfortable. One thing to keep in mind is that summer months have virtually no rainfall, while the remaining months may be wet, especially winter.









March 18, 2010 change by cferry1990

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