Last month entered the record books on Tuesday as the hottest August in Israel since meteorologists began measuring temperatures in the country.

According to meteorological readings, August 2010 was significantly hotter on average than those of the years 1981-2000 and also than the months of August over the past decade.

A significant portion of evenings in August 2010 saw temperatures that were above average by 3 to 4 degrees, and during the daytime, the average temperatures in central Israel and the mountain regions rose by an average of 2.5 to 4 degrees, and by 1.5 to 2 degrees along the coast.

Several records were also broken during August 2010: At Har Canaan, near Safed, temperatures hit 40.6 degrees Celsius (105.08 Fahrenheit), the highest temperature ever recorded at the site since 1939.

The record was also broken at Kfar Blum, where temperatures reached 45.4 degrees Celsius (113.72 Fahrenheit), and Jerusalem also saw its hottest August temperature reading at 41 degrees Celsius (105 Fahrenheit).