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October through May is the best time to explore the Negev. In early March, scarlet, bright yellow, white, and hot pink desert flowers burst out against the brown desert earth; March is also when Eilat's International Bird-watchers' Festival takes place. In January and February, it's dry and cold, especially at night. Scorching-hot conditions prevail in the summer, from June through September, though it's very dry, and locals claim this is the "sleeper season" to be here: no humidity, cool nights, less crowds, and easier availability at desirable hotels, restaurants, and venues.