This report describes the typical weather at the Ben Gurion International Airport (Tel Aviv, Israel) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Tel Aviv has a mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and mild winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by croplands (62%), oceans and seas (26%), shrublands (6%), and built-up areas (6%).
The month of February is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 65°F throughout the month, exceeding 77°F or dropping below 57°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 50 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.7 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 10:39 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:29 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:08am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 5:37pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 6:35am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 5:13pm on February 1.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in February, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover is 51% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 37% of the time, partly cloudy 25% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 26% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around February 1, occurring in 44% of days. Precipitation is least likely around February 29, occurring in 39% of days.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, thunderstorms, and light rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 55% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 24% of all days.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 27% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 12% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 12% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 4, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in February or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 45% (comfortable) to 94% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 24% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 28, at which time the relative humidity drops below 56% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 23, rising above 89% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical February, the dew point typically varies from 39°F (dry) to 52°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 30°F (dry) or above 56°F (comfortable).
The time of the month between February 4 and February 29 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 15 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 25 mph (strong breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 10, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around February 27, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).