Last Month Ties Record for Israel's Hottest July in a Century

Effects of global climate change can now be felt in Israel, where most of the record-hitting hot summer months have come during the last seven years

Israelis cool off at the Valley of Springs near Beit She'an, July 11, 2017.
Israelis cool off at the Valley of Springs near Beit She'an, July 11, 2017. Gil Eliahu

Last month was one of the two hottest Julys ever recorded in Israel since temperature readings began around 100 years ago, the Israel Meteorological Service announced Tuesday. The other record-setting July was in 2012. At some weather recording stations, this July was even hotter than five years ago.

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Even when compared to August, which is usually the hottest month of the year, average temperatures for July 2017 were surpassed only by those recorded in August 2010 and 2015, the two hottest months ever measured in Israel.

Almost every day last month was hotter than normal, with only a few days of average or lightly lower temperatures. Three different periods during the month could even be classified as heat waves; the hottest one took place in the first four days of the month.

Most of the record-hitting hot summer months in Israel have come during the last seven years, says the IMS. This implies that the effects of global climate change and warming can now be felt in Israel.

Daytime temperatures in July were 2 to 2.5 degrees Celsius higher than the multi-year average in the interior and hills away from the coast, and 1.5 to 2 degrees higher along the coast. Almost all of Israel saw temperatures at least 1 to 2 degrees above normal during the month.

July was marked by numerous periods with mid- to high-level clouds, a rather unusual phenomenon during the summer months.