Following are some climatic extremes in Israel (excluding Mount Hermon):
The following data are taken from the archive of the meteorological centre unless indicated otherwise:
- The highest temperature ever recorded: 54°C, at Tirat Tzvi, on 21/6/1942.
- The lowest temperature ever recorded: -13.7° at Tel Hatanim in the Beit Netofah Valley on 7/2/1950.
- The highest annual rainfall ever recorded was at Meron - 1673mm during the rainfall season of 1968/1969.
- The highest monthly rainfall ever recorded was at Meron - 744mm in January 1969.
- The highest daily* rainfall ever recorded was at Mount Carmel - the Technion - 272mm on 9/12/1921**.
- The rainiest seasons: 1991/1992 and 1968/1969 in the north of Israel.
- The driest seasons: 1998/1999 and 1950/1951.
- The highest wind speed ever recorded (averaged over 10 minutes) was 65 knots (120 km/h), at Har Kenaan (Zefat) on 12/3/1953.
- The highest wind gust ever recorded (brief 2-3 seconds) was 86 knots (159 km/h) at Jerusalem on 20/1/1974.
*A day of rainfall starts at 8 o'clock in the morning and ends at 8 o'clock in the following day.
**from: Katzanelson, I., The Climate of Israel by Region, Meteorological Service, Bet Dagan, 1983.