Climate and monthly weather forecast
Beirut, Lebanon

The beautiful city of Beirut, Lebanon
The beautiful city of Beirut, Lebanon

The climate of Beirut

Beirut, located on the eastern coast of Lebanon, is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, categorized as 'Csa' under the Köppen climate classification with hot summers and moderate winters. Taking a detailed look into the weather data reveals annual variations in temperature, humidity, rainfall, and sunshine hours. The highest average temperatures are registered in mid-summer, with peaks of up to 30.7°C (87.3°F). However, in the winter months, nights can be much cooler with minimum temperatures dipping to 11°C (51.8°F).

As expected in this Mediterranean climate, precipitation falls primarily during the winter months, from 191mm (7.52") in January to 164mm (6.46") in December. The rainfall level progressively declines as summer approaches, with minimal rainfall from June to September, recorded as low as 0mm (0") to 2mm (0.08"). On the other side, relative humidity remains fairly constant throughout the year, wavering slightly between 66% and 73%.

Ocean temperature varies from a nippy 17.4°C (63.3°F) in February to a warm 28.6°C (83.5°F) in August, while daylight hours range from a low of 10.2 hours in January to long, abundant 14.4-hour days in June. Sunshine hours follow a similar pattern, providing short but pleasing winter days averaging 4.7 hours of sunshine in December, prolonging to a plentiful 11.6 hours in the height of summer.

The best time to visit Beirut

Based on climatological factors such as temperature, sunshine hours, and rainfall, the optimum time to visit Beirut is between May and June. The temperature rises to a comfortable range from 22.6°C (72.7°F) to 25.4°C (77.7°F), while the rainfall decreases dramatically to merely 15mm (0.59") in May. These months also offer an average of 13 to 14 hours of daylight, with sunbathing opportunities stretching between 10 to 11.6 hours per day. These conditions make it perfect to explore this vibrant city's rich heritage and enjoy the warm waters of the Mediterranean, which heat up to approximately 21.3°C (70.3°F) to 24.9°C (76.8°F) during this period.

The worst time to visit Beirut

From late autumn to early winter, particularly between November and December, Beirut experiences the highest levels of rainfall, reaching up to 101mm (3.98") to 164mm (6.46"). The temperature also drops sharply to reach a chilly low from 16.3°C (61.3°F) to 12.9°C (55.2°F). Sunshine hours dwindle to 6.7 to 4.7 hours per day, which may dampen outdoor explorations. Thus, travelers seeking warm, sunny weather might find these months less appealing.

Spring weather in Beirut

Spring, stretching from March to May, welcomes a pleasant respite from the winter chill in Beirut. Temperatures climb steadily from 19.6°C (67.3°F) to 25.4°C (77.7°F) and rainfall falls dramatically from 111mm (4.37") to 15mm (0.59"), signifying the end of the wet season. The hours of daylight and sunshine increase significantly, providing beautiful conditions for outdoor activities. The sea temperature also begins to warm up, making beach excursions increasingly attractive.

Summer weather in Beirut

Summers in Beirut, from June to August, are characterized by hot, dry conditions with temperatures reaching a maximum of 30.7°C (87.3°F). Rainfall is almost non-existent during these months, with merely 0mm (0") to 0mm (0") recorded. The Mediterranean heats up to a delightful 27.4°C (81.3°F) to 28.6°C (83.5°F), perfect for swimming and water sports. With up to 14.2 to 13.4 daylight hours and 11.6 to 10.8 sunshine hours, summer days are long and vibrant, allowing ample time for exploration and relaxation.

Autumn weather in Beirut

Autumn in Beirut, from September to November, offers a slight relief from the intense summer heat, with temperatures receding from 29.8°C (85.6°F) to 23.2°C (73.8°F). However, rainfall begins to make a return, increasing significantly from 2mm (0.08") in September to 101mm (3.98") by November. The daylight hours shorten and the sun's radiation strength weakens. Autumnal conditions call for walks in nature and enjoying the sunsets by the shimmering sea, still warm at 28.2°C (82.8°F) to 22.7°C (72.9°F).

Winter weather in Beirut

Winter in Beirut spans from December to February, witnessing temperatures close to 19.4°C (66.9°F) to a chilly low of 11°C (51.8°F). This period also experiences the city's heaviest rainfall, peaking at 191mm (7.52") in January, while sunshine hours drop to an average of 4 to 5 hours per day. Yet, the severity of winter is moderated by the Mediterranean sea's gentle influence, maintaining a relatively mild temperature from 20.2°C (68.4°F) to 17.4°C (63.3°F). Despite being the coldest season, winters in Beirut are fairly moderate compared to many colder climates.

Weather in January

Beirut begins the year with notably cool temperatures and high humidity. Precipitation marks the month as the rainiest, with rainfall reaching 191mm (7.52") and rainy days lingering around 15 days. The typically cloudy days and a relative lack of sunlight characterize the month, giving a rather gloomy atmosphere to the city. Weather in January »

Weather in February

In February, thawing conditions arrive in Beirut and the city experiences a gradual shift from winters towards early spring. The city's rainfall sharply reduces to 133mm (5.24"), making it significantly drier than January. Surroundings start to get pleasant with the warmer temperatures resulting in the blossoming of flowers across the city. Weather in February »

Weather in March

The arrival of March brings a notable change of weather in Beirut as spring arrives in the city. There is an appreciable rise in temperatures, but the amount of rainfall decreases further to 111mm (4.37"). The city gets greener, and the blanket of lush greenery and blooming flowers adds to the city's charm. Weather in March »

Weather in April

April in Beirut witnesses a summer-in-spring scenario with clear and sunny days. Rainfall is exceptionally low, recorded to be around 46mm (1.81"), indicating a considerable drop from March. This drop in rainfall means that outdoor activities are easily accessible without the fear of sudden rains disrupting plans. Weather in April »

Weather in May

Come May, locals and tourists alike enjoy a fresh breathing space as Beirut welcomes the warmth of summer with relief from rainfall, which drastically contracts to 15mm (0.59"). The city is marked by longer daylight hours and the populace enjoys more sunshine. Weather in May »

Weather in June

June in Beirut signifies the advent of full-blown summer and the city finds itself bustling with activity. The city records a minute rainfall figure of 2mm (0.08"), making it virtually rain-free month barring any off-season showers. Weather in June »

Weather in July

July exhibits the summer's peak in Beirut, with daily high and low temperatures marked by a notable rise compared to June. Humidity also hits its yearly high, however surprisingly, the rainfall records a negligible 0mm (0"), demonstrating a near absence of precipitation. Weather in July »

Weather in August

August is another hot, and dry month in Beirut with a nearly absent rainfall measure of 0mm (0"). Sunshine duration is also high, allowing plenty of daylight hours for locals and tourists to explore the city's charm. Despite the excessive heat and humidity, cool breezy evenings provide some respite and transform Beirut into a city full of life under the setting sun. Weather in August »

Weather in September

As September rolls in, the scorching Beirut summer starts to wane and welcomes an early autumn. Despite a minor increase in rainfall to 2mm (0.08"), the month remains significantly dry compared to the upcoming months. This period marks the transition from the rainless summer to a winter that gradually ushers in showers. Weather in September »

Weather in October

October in Beirut marks a significant shift from the drier months with rainfall shooting up to 60mm (2.36"). Despite the increase in rainfall, the temperatures remain pleasant, providing opportunities for outdoor exploration between showers. Weather in October »

Weather in November

November in Beirut is marked by the onset of winter with temperatures dropping rapidly. Rainfall also sees a significant rise reaching 101mm (3.98"), making it a considerably wet month. Despite the chilly vibe, Beirut's beauty continues to shine through particularly on the occasional clear day. Weather in November »

Weather in December

December marks the arrival of true winter in Beirut, with temperature dipping even further. The increased rainfall, reaching 164mm (6.46"), coupled with lower daylight hours, creates a wintry atmosphere, unique to this month. Despite the chill, Beirut shines in a festive light as the year draws to an end. Weather in December »

Frequently asked questions

What is the coldest time of year in Beirut?

Beirut reaches its average lowest temperatures in January, measuring 17.4°C (63.3°F) at the peak and 11.2°C (52.2°F) at the lowest.

What is the rainiest month in Beirut?

The month with the most rainfall is January, when the rain falls for 15 days and typically aggregates up to 191mm (7.52") of precipitation.

How many days does it rain in Beirut?

In Beirut, Lebanon, during the entire year, the rain falls for 68 days and collects up to 826mm (32.52") of precipitation.

What is the month with the least sunshine in Beirut?

The month with the least sunshine in Beirut, Lebanon, is January, with an average of 4.2h of sunshine.

What is the month with the lowest UV index in Beirut?

The months with the lowest UV index in Beirut are January and December, with an average maximum UV index of 3.

When is the sea coldest in Beirut?

With an average sea temperature of 17.4°C (63.3°F), February is the month with the coldest seawater.

When is Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Beirut?

On Sunday, 31. March 2024, at 00:00, Daylight Saving Time starts in Beirut, and the time zone changes from EET to EEST. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, 27. October 2024, at 00:00, and the time zone reverts from EEST to EET.

When are the longest days in Beirut?

June has the longest days of the year in Beirut, with an average of 14h and 24min of daylight.

What is the month with the most sunshine in Beirut?

June and July, with an average of 11.6h of sunshine, are months with the most sunshine in Beirut.

What are the most humid months in Beirut?

The months with the highest humidity in Beirut, Lebanon, are July and August, with an average relative humidity of 73%.

What is the driest month in Beirut?

The month with the least rainfall in Beirut is July, when 0mm (0") of precipitation is typically aggregated.

When is the highest UV index in Beirut?

With an average maximum UV index of 12, July is the month with the highest UV index in Beirut.

What month is the hottest in Beirut?

August, known for its average high temperature of 30.7°C (87.3°F) and an average low temperature of 24.8°C (76.6°F), is the warmest month in Beirut.

When is the sea warmest in Beirut?

The month with the warmest seawater in Beirut is August, with an average sea temperature of 28.6°C (83.5°F).

What is the least humid month in Beirut?

The least humid month in Beirut is November, with an average relative humidity of 66%.

What is the month with the shortest days in Beirut?

December has the shortest days of the year in Beirut, Lebanon, with an average of 9h and 54min of daylight.

Average temperature
Beirut, Lebanon

Average temperature - Beirut, Lebanon

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is August (30.7°C).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (17.4°C).

The month with the highest average low temperature is August (24.8°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is February (11°C).


Average humidity
Beirut, Lebanon

Average humidity - Beirut, Lebanon

The months with the highest relative humidity are July and August (73%).
The month with the lowest relative humidity is November (66%).


Average rainfall
Beirut, Lebanon

Average rainfall - Beirut, Lebanon

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is January (190.9mm).
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is July (0.3mm).


Average rainfall days
Beirut, Lebanon

Average rainfall days - Beirut, Lebanon

The month with the highest number of rainy days is January (15 days).
The months with the least rainy days are June, July and August (0 days).


Average sea temperature
Beirut, Lebanon

Average sea temperature - Beirut, Lebanon

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (28.6°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (17.4°C).


Average daylight / Average sunshine
Beirut, Lebanon

Average daylight / Average sunshine - Beirut, Lebanon

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 14h and 24min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 9h and 54min).

The months with the most sunshine are June and July (Average sunshine: 11h and 36min).
The month with the least sunshine is January (Average sunshine: 4h and 12min).


Beirut, Lebanon

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